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Free read Ú Chips (Phoenix Giants) ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon's extraordinary diaries first published in 1967 are now considered a modern classic The years covered in this volume 1934 53 recall a vanished world where Channon's priviliged orbit circled every social and public figure of tSir Henry 'Chips' Channon's extraordinary diaries first published in 1967 are now considered a modern classic The years covered in this volume 1934 53 recall a vanished world where Channon's priviliged orbit circled every social. Well that didn't last long I knew going in that Channon was a snob a toady and a Nazi appeaser but such niggling considerations never really fazed me in the past book whore that I am I would happily read Satan himself if he wrote good prose Unfortunately Channon's prose though serviceable is nowhere near good enough to overcome my loathing for the man and everything he represents Ten pages in and I already felt ueasy; another ten and my slight aversion had turned to retching sputtering distaste Imagine a Corgi in a dinner jacket waving its tail whenever some royal personage entered the room and running to sniff the regal crotch That's Channon How did Britain ever manage to hold off Hitler with such useless twittering popinjays in charge of the country Thank God for the working classes eh

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And public figure of the day in a round of parties balls country house weekends and endless gossip His position as a MP enabled him to chronicle famously the Abdication Crisis when King Edward VIII's love for 'jolly plain 'unprep. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the most part however there were some boring bits where it got a bit heavy into the politics etc as I'm not a great politics follower but its learned me some of the politic talk and what certain things mean about governments etc which can't be a bad thing Chips can also rather irritate with his constant going on about all these titled people all of whom he knew of course and had entertained at some point in his lifehe seems to have a memory which can skip back into any particular time period of his life and know when he last saw a person or spoke with someone uite amazing thats not sarcasm eitherI really enjoyed his explainations of Royal events and of the Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson episode Chips is very erudite and good at explaining things and painting a vivid picture of just how things were which makes for very interesting reading I do feel that Chips wrote his diaries with a constant view to people in the future reading it and being over awed by his status in British society Sometimes he can be a little tedious but overall he is enjoyable to readWhat I find fascinating is the fact that he keeps referring to people in the future and I am one of those people In the final chapter he describes the Coronation of our current ueen and I found it particularly intriguing that I read that chapter in the very year that Her Majesty celebrates her Diamond Jubilee 2012Indeed I was eually fascinated that Chips wondered if his son would be an elderly man for the reign of King Charles III with me in 2012 as I read those words knowing that Prince Charles is still not yet King and Chips Channon's son is no longer with usOverall this is probably uite a heavy read for someone who is not deeply interested in this period in history and it probably would not be any good for a person who is not deeply interested in politics However I really enjoyed the book and I am no great political reader so I guess it depends on how much you're willing to put up with a few boring bits in order to find the parts which are fascinating to yourself

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Chips Phoenix GiantsOssessing' Mrs Simpson reduced him to 'a broken man at bay' Culled from some three million words in the original Robert Rhodes James's selection gives us the moments and characters of history etched indelibly by a master observer. Uniue entry into the world of England's privledged classes just before during and after the Second World War He wore his appeasement bias like armour and his anti Semitism as casually as a shrug A social climbing snarky gossip trading Tory MP with a love of country estate weekends and shadenfreude I'd rate this higher despite my dislike of the man if it weren't for the heavy handed editing so evident throughout