When Churchill died, one might have thought that it was not a man who was being borne to his grave, but British history itself - a resplendent, fortunate history whose last illustrious chapter Churchill himself had written almost a quarter of a century before.
Sebastian Haffner was ‘one of the outstanding figures in European journalism’ (Guardian, 1999). He emigrated to London from Berlin in the 1930s and became a vocal critic of the Nazi regime, writing influential articles in the Observer. After the war, he became Germany’s pre-eminent political commentator. His many books include Germany: Jekyll and Hyde and The Meaning of Hitler and most recently Defying Hitler: A Memoir (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002).