1st ed., 1989. 256 pp., 30 photo & other plates; photo e.p.’s. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author draws on interviews, diaries and letters – both published and unpublished – and on archive material, to reconstruct the scenes and conversations of public and private life in August 1939, and to create a dramatic narrative of those last weeks of peace as they affected ordinary people. The comings and goings of those in high office, like Halifax, Ribbentrop and Ciano, the public decisions and private thoughts of the world leaders, Chamberlain, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, intertwine with the reminiscences of men and women in all walks of life. The story ranges from London to Berlin and Moscow, from Devon to the Shetlands, from Poland to the east coast of America, and charts day by day, even hour by hour, how life unfolded into new strange patterns of brooding apprehension.