Published in 1981 by The University of Chicago Press.
With an introduction by Isaiah Berlin; the principal author of the British Embassy's weekly reports to London on political events and opinion in wartime America and a foreword written by the editor, H. G. Nicholas. To the back of the book there includes a list of bibliographical notes, a list of abbreviations and an extensive index. Footnotes are also found throughout the book.
With the entrance of the United States into World War II, activity in the British Embassy in Washington was expanded. Many new missions were added to the Embassy, one of which being the Special Survey Section. London, recognising the need for a fuller understanding of the American political scene, directed the Special Survey Section to write, what were called, Weekly Political Summaries analysing congressional, administrative, and public opinion and interpreting their influence upon various individuals and groups within the United States.
This volume has printed these Summaries, which range over such topics as American attitudes towards British Imperial politics, American policy on oil and the recurrent theme of the shifting mood and conflicts of power in wartime Washington. Complete with an introduction by the primary author of the Weekly Political Summaries, Isaiah Berlin, contextualising the dispatches, this volume of dispatches offers a perceptive, readable diary of America at war as seen through British eyes.
In Good condition. The dust jacket is a somewhat worn with noticeable creasing and rubbing wear. The spine of the orange cloth binding is faded and has some light shelf wear. The pages themselves are clean and unmarked, and the binding is tight.