There are few years in British history as momentous as those of the Second World War, Harold Nicolson was privileged to have a superb vantage point form which to view them. As a diplomat, author, and Member of Parliament, he had access to the highest reaches of British politics and society. Though never a member of the inner circle, he was close enough outside it to enjoy a number of privileged insights, which he recorded in his diaries and in letters to his family. Edited by his son Nigel, these make for an unparalleled account of the war, with enjoyable anecdotes about Churchill, Eden, de Gaulle, and other prominent actors on the conflict's stage. It make for an indispensable portrait of life in wartime Britain, one that should be read by anyone with an interest in the subject.