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The Political Lives of William Joyce

COLIN HOLMES
494pp 14 ILLUS 2016 LIST PRICE: £17.99 (P) B951

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William Joyce became notorious as a fascist, an anti-Semite and then as a Second World War traitor when, assuming the persona of Lord Haw-Haw, he acted as a radio propagandist for the Nazis. It is an endlessly compelling story of simmering hope, intense frustration, renewed anticipation and ultimately catastrophic failure. This work challenges existing biographies, which have reflected not only Joyce’s frequent calculated deceptions but also the suspect claims advanced by his apologists. By exploring his rampant narcissism it offers a pioneering analysis of Joyce’s personality and exposes its destructive consequences. ‘What a saga my life would make!’ Joyce wrote from prison just before his execution. Few would disagree.

One thing stands out in this book: it is vastly entertaining. STANDPOINT MAGAZINE