As events bubbles to a scalding boil, leaders of two great nations fought in desperate secrecy to keep the lid on the world. Bartering, backstabbing, browbeating, bribing…and praying for a little more weight to throw on the delicate balance of international power. This is a novel of men at the summit, their bold deals, and soiled souls — and their women, clutching at fevered moments as the time for loving, the time for living, slipped so quickly away.
1 Day, 3 Days, 5 Days, 7 Days, 9 Days, 11 Days, 13 Days, 15 Days, 20 Days, 30 Days
"William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.
His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays."