Fascinating for two things: their testament to an exhilarating century and their witness to a vanished age of power and privilege ... What a man
This is a fabulous, jaw-dropping read
Well-balanced, honest and admirably edited...this is a dazzling self-portrait of a man who lived life to the full, relished it enormously, and gave much joy to others in so doing
It's the combination of the public with the personal that makes these diaries riveting
Duff Cooper was as close to the action as anyone during the dramatic events of the mid-20th century. He was also comically priapic, committing enough sexual indiscretions to fill a dozen diaries
He discusses serious things intelligently, and casts and glittering and laconic light on a lost world of luxury and highly strung affairs, many of them his own
Who but he could offer an insider's view, not only of the Munich crisis, the general strike and life among the Free French in Algeria, but of Edward VIII in the feverish days before his abdication?