critical first impression
Way of Life by John BoydCarpenter (Sidgwick and Jackson. £10).
"READ ,only biography," was i Disraels advice to the students of history. Those who have complied with it by reading John Boyd Carpenter's Way Of Life will be grateful.
, The writer records his initial , reactions to those whom he encounters at the Bar, in the armed forces and in politics. He isn't betrayed into touching up and qualifying earlier impressions, which remain vivid. The book has the stamp of ,veracity.
Boyd Carpenter writes critically and robustly, with no trace of snobbery.
He was proud of his grandfather's friendship with the Emperor William II of Germany. It was sustained when the exKaiser was in exile, and the author and his father visited him. The grandfather, an Anglican Bishop. had the distinction of burying the Empress according to the rites of his Church, The former lsmperor rebuked his stepson for sporting a swastika badge. ordering him to take it off or leave the table.
Boyd Carpenter, desirous of eliciting from the previous ruler of Germans, a denunciation of Nazism, sought to pilot it through
The Times. This, as a serving officer, his superior authority would not permit 'Finn, hut, the letter virtually. appears in the present volume.
Winston Churchill is depicted as a colossal figure, resolute yet relaxed. who admired those capable of resisting bullyino Pius Xll's comment on Churchill is appraised for its accuracy. "Ile is," queried the Pope. "how do you say, a great haranguer?"
Readers . will hope that a second volume of illuminating and humorous memoirs may ens:incite from Lord Boyd Carpenter's pen.