I was familiar with Colville's larger work, The Fringes of Power, but this later publication (1981) escaped me until a reviewer commented on it recently. With it being out of print, I found it through an independent bookseller and read it with delight.
It is small book, both in binding and in a scant 250 or so pages, with no bibliography or notes, but the information is outstanding.
There are so many books on WSC and various aspects of his life, politics, military matters, writings, you name it, but this book brings to light several of the most important people that Churchill associated with over the years. There are clear and concise comments on personal friends, military leaders, family members, people in and outside of Britain. The author describes these extraordinary people with a grace and fairness that is appreciated. He does not pull punches, but he is not malicious, and some of the characters who had reputations for their personal rudeness are also...
Great delivery, but more important to me it has given me a deeper insight into Churchill's persona through Colville's vivid remembrances during the war years.
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