Volume I only of 2, complete in itself. 1st ed., 1974. 379 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. To say anything new about Churchill’s role in the Second World War is difficult, to write a pioneering study might seem impossible. Yet this is what the author has achieved in this first of two volumes, complete in itself for the period1939-40. It is neither a biography nor a formal history, but a mixture of the two: analysing Churchill’s character and judgement yet viewing his decision-making within the framework of global strategy. In particular the Dowding account of the months preceding the Battle of Britain is convincingly demolished and interesting new light thrown on Churchill’s role in the Dakar expedition and his relationship with Wavell.