A pungent and vitriolic attack against the men who brought England to her present impasse, who sent the boys to fight steel with flesh, who through inertia and voluntary purblindness, refused to equip England for the struggle they did not wish to believe would ever take place. MacDonald, the empty orator; Baldwin, refusing to rearm for fear of losing an election; Hoare, responsible for the fatal Hoare-Laval Treaty; the umbrella man, who saw the need but refused to act save through appeasement; In-skip, Simon, Morrison and Dorman-Smith and many others. Through these years of postponment and bungling, Churchill, Duff Cooper and Eden alone read the handwriting on the wall. Diatribe -- launched in successive brief chapters. Not as objective a book as Why England Slept, but more exciting. Has sold 72,000 copies in England in a month.