Britain was in a state of crisis, the result of a decade's mismanagement by the government. So an enormous sense of relief swept over the country when Neville Chamberlain resigned as prime minister in 1940 to be replaced by an energetic and determined Churchill. Guilty Men was published in that extraordinary summer. Conceived by 3 journalists, Michael Foot, Peter Howard and Frank Owen, this impassioned polemic singled out a succession of leaders who, through their policy of appeasement in the face of Hitler's aggression, had brought the country to the brink of disaster. Published only a month after the evacuation of Dunkirk, Guilty Men brilliantly captures the savage, highly-charged mood of a nation that felt betrayed by its former leaders.