"I didn't know the bugger kept a diary like that," said Herbert Morrison. It was just as well. Few people get off lightly in this iconoclastic tour of British politics in the mid-twentieth century. Hugh Dalton was one of the towering figures of politics, and of the Labour party, between the wars and after the Second World War when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Attlee's 1945 Government. This volume of his previously unpublished diary starts with his return from active service in the First World War and ends with his final retirement during controversies over Clause Four and nuclear disarmament. The account it provides of the years in between, up to 1940 and after 1945, is historically unique. For much of this time no other prominent Labour politician was writing a diary. By turns conceited, opinionated, sentimental, acid, shrewd, funny, irreverent and generous, it provides a fascinating commentary on contemporary politics and politicians. The book contains an introduction, linking passages and notes by Ben Pimlott of Birkbeck College.Thirty three monochrome photographs, many of contemporary politicians, and 17 political cartoons. Dust jacket not price clipped and in very good condition apart from one minor tear at top of spine. Red board covers with title etc. in gilt on spine. Text is clean and entirely unmarked. Overall, in very good, near fine condition and essentially "as new". Scarce.