By Diana Mitford
‘Beautifully written.’ Valerie Grove, the days ‘Martini-dry wit.’ Irish occasions ‘Often natural Wodehouse.’ monetary occasions ‘Uncompromising.’ A.N. Wilson, Sunday Telegraph ‘It has all her charm.’ Laura Thompson, a superb learn, BBC Radio four ‘Brilliant.’ night average ‘A lifetime of Contrasts is a candid, page-turning memoir, written by way of a lady who will—without any doubt—be considered via heritage as essentially the most attention-grabbing personalities of the 20th Century.’ Mary S. Lovell ‘Lady Mosley writes super well… Her ebook reads like amazing speak; her characters stay and die in one phrase… An autobiography of actual distinction.' Jonathan Raban, Sunday instances ‘I envy any reader coming for the 1st time to a lifetime of Contrasts, Diana Mosley’s account of her personal eventful previous, for he has an extraordinary deal with in entrance of him.’ Selina Hastings ‘Sharp, fun and well-written’ Hugh Thomas, New Statesman ‘Wholly if grittily, a Mitford book… the reader can be flung among pride and dismay as he reads on… To all these no longer averse to a bit powdered glass of their Bombe shock: enjoy.’ the days ‘Other individuals of the Mitford kinfolk wouldn't have the monopoly of amazing and a laugh writing.’ The Tatler ‘She emerges between all else as feminine…’ Mary Warnock, The Listener ‘Animated and revealing.’ Hibernia ‘Witty and amusing.’ Catholic usher in ‘She used to be basically a star.’ Anne de Courcy within the Viceroy’s Daughters The hilarious autobiography of the main glamorous of the brilliant younger issues. Diana Mitford describes within the inimitable Mitford approach the way it took place that either Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler loved her, and Evelyn Waugh and Oswald Mosley fell in love with her.
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In a well-researched 1966 article titled “The Myth of the Frémont Howitzer,” Donald Jackson wrote that the story “appears to have been an absolute fiction” that has made its way into American history as truth. Jackson is somewhat harsh in his conclusion that the howitzer cannon story was a total fabrication. The fact remains that Jessie did receive a letter to Frémont from his superior, Col. John J. Abert. Noting that Frémont had requisitioned the cannon, Abert reminded him that his trek west was to be peaceful, implying that Frémont should return if he encountered danger or hostilities.
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A Life of Contrasts by Diana Mitford