An extremely important biography, and one that everyone who read Grey's own Twenty Five Years will want to read. This consists of the life and letters of Sir Edward Grey, adroitly woven together in a continuous narrative, touching lightly and not too intimately, on his personal life, his keen interest in nature and books and people, but jewelling chiefly on his career in politics and world affairs. Not wholly commendatory -- the biographer recognizes Grey's mistakes in policy, in handling of situations, in dealing with people. But on the whole, he makes his point that no other man, given the same circumstances, could have done as well as Grey did, and that what often passed for hesitation and shilly shallying as actually a deep-rooted batred of war and hesitancy to precipitate his country into it. A sympathetic, loving portrait of a liberal in the best sense of the word, an Englishman of whom England can always be proud, A book for the long haul.