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Neville Chamberlain's Legacy

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The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book.  There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
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This is the first book I've read focusing on Neville Chamberlain and I went into it hoping to learn more about the man and his work than what everyone knows- appeasement.  In many ways, "Neville Chamberlain's Legacy" did just that: introduce a man to those who know nothing about him.  While in many ways the book is a shallow look into his life and accomplishments, I rarely felt like I really knew who Chamberlain was or why he did what he did, in other ways Milton's book opened a human side to the Prime Minister that I quite liked.  Milton frequently remarks on Chamberlain's interests in nature conservation and his love of nature- especially birds.  I enjoyed the purely human moments in the book when Chamberlain would leave 10 Downing Street (often sneaking out without his bodyguards) to walk in St. James' Park and study the birds there.  These were his stolen moments of peace, his way of relaxing in an increasingly turbulent world, and they brought Chamberlain to life for me in a way that all the recitals of his work and accomplishments in politics could never do.  I do wish the book had been written a little better, or edited to be a little tighter, because there was a distracting amount of unneeded repetition throughout the book- particularly when it came to Chamberlain's birding.  Readers don't need to hear every single time that this was how Chamberlain took breaks from work and stress- after the first few times they should be able to remember it on their own!  

A short look into the life and legacy of Neville Chamberlain, this was a good book for someone who knows nothing about him, as a way to see him as both a politician and as a man.
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