Graham Steward

Men At Arms

The Guardsmen: Harold Macmillan, Four Friends and the World They Made

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So MANY EDWARDIAN biographies are brought to a close by death and severance on the Western Front that it is almost refreshing to find a book which takes the slaughter as its point of commencement. Instead of ending with the loss of life and the breaking of bonds, The Guardsmen emphasises the extent to which that war shaped the outlook of four Etonians and their subsequent careers in public life and the Conservative Party.

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