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Time and Chance: An autobiography Hardcover – 1978
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' Suddenly Chamberlain's voice, heavy with disaster, broke the silence: 'It is a sad day for all of us. All the aims I have tried so hard to attain, all the principles in which I believed. . . Have come to nought. I hope to live long enough to see the day when, with the end of Hitlerism, a free Europe will be born.'
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