London, Thornton Butterworth Ltd., September 1937 (second impression)/ September 1937.
Octavo, 335 pages plus a portrait plate for each of the 21 biographical subjects.
Blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, with the publisher's blindstamp front and rear; cloth sunned, scuffed, a little marked, and slightly bumped at the foot of the rear joint; endpapers offset; a very good copy (internally excellent).
From the Earl of Rosebery to King George V, with the ex-Kaiser, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Chamberlain, Lawrence of Arabia, Leon Trotsky, and Hitler just some of the other 'Great Men of our age' discussed in these essays 'written by me at intervals during the last eight years'. His essay on Hitler was written in 1935: 'We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the great Germanic nation and brought it back serene, helpful and strong, to the forefront of the European family circle. It is on this mystery of the future that history will pronounce'.