Adrian Phillips worked as an investment analyst in London and Frankfurt for twenty-five years, with a particular interest in the political background to financial markets. He then took a postgraduate master's in modern history at Birmingham University, specialising in the policy machinery at 10 Downing Street during the 1930s. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The King Who Had to Go: Edward VIII, Mrs Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis.
This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs. - Library Journal Phillips deepens the common understanding of such well-known events as Chamberlain's September 1938 Munich visit by focusing on the role played by Sir Horace Wilson, a senior civil servant with no foreign policy background who served as the prime minister's aide and confidante. - Publisher's Weekly