Books: Churchill's Gillie

THE BLAST OF WAR 1939-1945 by Harold Macmillan. 623 pages. Harper & Row. $11.95.

History has already dimmed the never sharply defined figure of Harold Macmillan. He had the misfortune to become Prime Minister in time to help preside, in Churchill's phrase, "over the liquidation of the British Empire." Often photographed in hairy tweed knickerbockers while shooting in the Scotch Highlands, Macmillan projected an image of woebegone Toryism anachronistic in the postwar scene of swinging Britain. That this image was misleading could be seen from the first volume of his memoirs (TIME,...

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