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The first major narrative history of one of the most controversial episodes in British history - and the exciting debut by a talented young historian

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Tim Bouverie read history at Christ Church, Oxford. From 2013-2017 he was a political journalist at Channel 4 News, where he worked alongside Michael Crick, as his producer, and covered all major political events, including both the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and the EU Referendum. He regularly reviews history and politics books, and has written for the Spectator, Observer and Daily Telegraph. He has also for the last five years worked at the Chalke Valley History Festival as an interviewer.

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"Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut. Bouverie writes with a wonderful clarity and we will no doubt hear a lot more of his voice in future" -- Antony Beevor
"A brilliant and sparkling debut by an outstanding young historian. Tim Bouverie has written an account of the build-up to the Second World War that reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down." -- Peter Frankopan
"This is the debut of an unusually talented writer, one of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years" -- Max Hastings
"Drawing on an impressive and interesting range of sources and characters, Tim Bouverie has written a fascinating and scholarly portrait of a decade when credulity, self-interest and poor judgement prevailed tragically and inexorably over morality and good sense: this is the reporting of history at its best" -- Caroline Moorehead
"Appeasing Hitler is the stunning debut of a major new narrative historian. A riveting and depressing story which has resonance today as the democracies again face dictatorships" -- Professor Margaret Macmillan
"In meticulous detail and with moments of novelty and insight... [Appeasing Hitler] should become a standard text on this inglorious episode... an exceptionally promising debut. He has great narrative abilities and his research has been extensive" -- Simon Heffer * Daily Telegraph *
"Sparkling and witty... The best account of the subject that I have ever read" -- Professor Sir Michael Howard
"This gripping book is...valuable because it illuminates some eternal truths" -- Andrew Rawnsley * Observer *
"Tim Bouverie tells the story of appeasement with skill, verve and panache, using contemporary accounts to great effect in exploring the mentalities that lay behind the political decisions" -- Ian Kershaw
"With enormous flair and confidence, Tim Bouverie has brought his subject to life, elegantly drawing out the historical parallels while also presenting a gripping and well-paced narrative. Lively, nuanced, and full of surprising details, this is a stunning debut" -- Henry Hemming
"With tremendous narrative flair and impeccable judgement, Bouverie illuminates the wishful thinking, the gullibility and the appalling amateurishness that led us to the precipice" -- Simon Griffith * Mail on Sunday *
"An eye-opening narrative which makes for exciting but at times uncomfortable reading as one reflects on possible lessons for the present" -- Antonia Fraser
"Truly impressive and enjoyable. Tim Bouverie writes with verve and wit, gives us an often moving and always human angle on the story, and removes the tarnish from the word `appeasement' to make us look anew at one of the most important, and salutary, periods of modern times" -- Roland Philipps
"No previous book on Appeasement has managed to cast such a vivid, detailed and utterly fascinating light on the incredible political machinations that were being played out in the late 1930s. Tim Bouverie has brilliantly brought alive the tension, political brinkmanship and immense drama of those days... This is political drama at its most compelling, and one whose relevance sits with the reader long after the book has been put down. Superb." -- James Holland
"Tim Bouverie breathes new life into this familiar story. His vivid narrative is compelling, even exciting, as it hurtles towards its tragic conclusion. This is a superb book that deserves to be widely read" -- Adam Sisman * Literary Review *
"Vivid, engaging... pacy, personality driven" -- Susan Pedersen * Guardian *
"Bouverie... retells [the story of appeasement] with gusto" -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *
"Bouverie gives a lucid account... [and] skilfully traces each shameful step to war... which he describes in moving and dramatic detail" -- Lewis Jones * Sunday Telegraph *
"Gripping.. Bouverie has written a searching, wide-ranging, and above all readable chronology of a shameful era of British history... a very cautionary tale" -- Nigel Jones * Spectator *
"[An] impressive and very readable account" -- Tony Rennell * Daily Mail *

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