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Sir David Hunt Memoirs Military And Diplomatic

By Sir David Hunt


Sir David Hunt first came to the attention of the general public in 1977 when he won the BBC Mastermind competition. He won again in 1982 to become the Mastermind of Masterminds. On both occasions he described himself as a 'retired diplomat'.

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Sir David Hunt first came to the attention of the general public in 1977 when he won the BBC Mastermind competition. He won again in 1982 to become the Mastermind of Masterminds. On both occasions he described himself as a 'retired diplomat'.

 

This description masked several careers as an Oxford Don, an Intelligence Staff Officer, as Private Secretary to two Prime Ministers, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill, and later as Adviser in African Affairs to a third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan during the momentous 'Wind of Change' tour of South Africa. 

 

A prolific writer, Sir David Hunt contributed many articles to learned journals as well as hundreds of reviews for the Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the Listener and the Sunday Telegraph. He was the author of two books, 'A Don at War' and 'On the Spot -- An Ambassador Remembers'.

 

A Don at war was published in 1966 and was hailed as the first book to be written from the point of view of an Intelligence Officer on active service. Re-published in 1990,A Don at War is still recommended reading at the US Army War College for its treatment of deception techniques. A review in The Times observed that Sir David Hunt was an Intellectual, but never a pedant, his wit leavens all his writing.

 

On the Spot -- An Ambassador Remembers was a more conventional collection of reminiscences of diplomatic service as well as an account of the author's period as Private Secretary at Downing Street.

 

Sir David Hunt -- Memoirs Military and Diplomatic combines the first two books, with additional material by the author, into one autobiographical volume.

 

Contents:

 

Introduction

A Don at War

Tobruk, Alamein and Tunisia

Sicily, the Strategic Turning-point

Subsidiary Operations in Italy

Alexander Outwits Kesserling

The Gothic Line Battles

Return to Greece

Carinthian Crossroads

First Step in Diplomacy

With Attlee at Number 10

Private Secretary to Churchill

Pakistan and Southern Africa

The Wind of Change

Independence in Nigeria and Uganda

Cyprus under Makarios

Civil War in Nigeria

Brazil, Elegance and Kidnapping

Index

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