Brilliantly clear, dryly humorous and surprisingly readable, is this lucid, masterly history of political England from 1910 to the outbreak of the war. A parallel book to The Road to War -- sell to same market, readers interested in political history from a social point of view, public thought and political reaction in one fabric, England during those years, at a glance. Beginning with the death of King Edward, he proceeds to follow the threads of political intrigue through the pre-war campaign for Home Rule, the activities of the militant suffragettes, the industrial shocks of Trade Unionism. He states as a fact that death of Liberalism -- then makes out a clear case of murder and lays the charge on the doorsteps of the House of Lords, the nobility, the Conservative Party and Mr. Asquith and Mr. Bonar Law. He paints the political scene with bold black strokes. He draws lifelike portraits of leading figures. And the result is a book that carries the weight of authority lightly. Definitely a book of permanent value.