Historical Notes: Requiem for a Lightweight

"Why did he do it?" The question reverberated last week from the leathery fastnesses of St. James's clubs to the House of Commons smoking room. With mordant relish, Britons were discussing a new biography of Neville Chamberlain, in which the Man of Munich is pictured not as a vain, gullible appeaser but as a bold, imaginative statesman who took the only gamble open to him. What gave the debate an irresistible piquancy was that Chamberlain's apologist is Iain Macleod, 48, chairman of the Conservative Party, leader of the House of Commons and...

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