Red Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, 1932-1943

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This selection from the unique diary of Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943, grippingly documents Britain’s drift to war during the 1930s, appeasement in the Munich era, negotiations leading to the signature of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, Churchill’s rise to power, the German invasion of Russia, and the intense debate over the opening of the second front. Maisky was distinguished by his great sociability and access to the key players in British public life. Among his regular contacts were politicians (including Churchill, Chamberlain, Eden and Halifax), press barons (Beaverbrook), ambassadors (Joseph Kennedy), intellectuals (Keynes, Sidney and Beatrice Webb), writers (George Bernard Shaw, H G Wells) and indeed royalty. His diary, never before published in English, further reveals the role personal rivalries within the Kremlin played in the formulation of Soviet policy at the time.
Astonishing! . . . Perhaps the greatest political diary of the twentieth century. PAUL KENNEDY