Failure of a Mission

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Failure of a Mission

By Sir Nevile Henderson
Putnam, 1940
334 pp. $3.00

Sir Nevile was sent to Berlin as British Ambassador just before Mr. Chamberlain became Prime Minister in 1937. He thus played a very important part in carrying out the policy of appeasement that led to the results that are now so painfully obvious. This book is Sir Nevile's sincere, sometimes naïve, always interesting and highly readable, account of his two and a half years in the center of European diplomacy, and as such is an important contribution to diplomatic history. It also clearly reveals the author's personal predilection for many Nazi theories, practices and personages, and thus constitutes a remarkable document illustrating the moral and intellectual dry rot that has come to paralyze such a wide section of Britain's ruling class.

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