The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell

Douglas Hurd

Choose your Weapons: A History of the Foreign Secretary

A former diplomat, private secretary to Edward Heath, Lord Hurd served Margaret Thatcher as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, as Home Secretary and as Foreign Secretary.  As a writer is the (co-)author of many thrillers his memoirs and other nonfiction titles.
In Choose your Weapons: a History of the Foreign Secretary, Lord Hurd concentrates on personalities and circumstances from the antagonism after Waterloo between Canning (liberal, populist, interventionist) and Castlereagh (institutions, compromise, real politics) to Eden and Bevin who, from wholly different backgrounds, combined with the Americans to create a postwar compromise, which served its purpose for half a century.