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Adrian can claim the probably unique distinction of having a history book reviewed in the motoring column of a national newspaper which rated it "fascinating".


"Phillips’s focus is welcome, since Wilson remains one of the most understudied figures of the period……..a valuable study of Chamberlain’s pursuit of appeasement that provides the long-needed full details of Wilson’s involvement in the whole sorry business." Mark Klobas in Finest Hour, magazine of the International Churchill Society (Read the full review)


"Phillips  delivers a comprehensive examination of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s efforts to negotiate peace with Nazi Germany. Phillips’s account reveals the extent to which the prime minister banked his appeasement efforts on such ill-fated plans as partially restoring German claims in colonial Africa in exchange for Adolf Hitler’s agreement to rejoin the League of Nations", Publishers' Weekly (Read the full review)

"This very readable and detailed description of how policy was made and implemented gives us a unique way to look at fateful decisions that helped advance events leading to World War II." Roger Bishop on BookPage (Read the full review)

"The strength of Phillips’s approach is that he explains that Chamberlain’s efforts to negotiate peace with Hitler were influenced by Wilson and his personal animus towards Churchill. If anything, it underscores both Chamberlain and Wilson’s ineptitude and the way they leveraged their power and influence to garner support for appeasement  while outright dismissing strategies advocated by Churchill." David M. Valladares in HISTORY: Reviews of New Books (Read the full review)