The most reinterpreted of modern British Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain has often been portrayed as a social reformer out of sync with the times in which he lived. This biography describes him as a man who was hardworking but ultimately out of his depth, destined to be remembered in history as the fall-guy to Winston Churchill's hero.
Neville Chamberlain, the Conservative Prime Minister who pursued the policy of appeasing Hitler that was doomed to failure, is one of the most reinterpreted and written about of modern British Prime Ministers. In this new biography, Nick Smart takes a dispassionate look at Camberlain's life, career, achievements and failures. Whilst acknowledging the standard historical interpretations of Chamberlains actions, he offers instead a picture conditioned more by the opinions of contemporaries rather than by hindsight. Throughout the book, Nick Smart stresses that the system in which Chamberlain found himself operating had more impact on the historical developments than anything he did himself. Presenting Chamberlain's life and politics in a nuanced way, Nick Smart's biography is a must read for anyone interested in British politics and its impact on the international stage.
Preface 1 Family and Early Life 2 Early Manhood 3 Birmingham Businessman 4 Birmingham Politics 5 Whitehall and Westminister 6 Member of Parliament 7 Politics and Ambition 1923-1929 8 Opposition and National Government 1929-1931 9 Chancellor Again 1931-1935 10 Foreign Policy, Kings and Rearmament 1935-1937 11 Prime Minister 12 War and Death