Acclaim for Michael Alexander
The Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Head of the
Here we see again the dazzling sheen we so much miss, the agility in argument, the elegance in exposition. And here too we see how firmly held – though constantly re-tested – were the convictions from which he spoke.
He had what few officials have: a genuinely creative mind, combined with a determination – within the limits of propriety – to see his ideas on policy adopted by ministers. He was a man of penetrating intelligence, lucid and forceful to an extent that could sometimes seem overbearing to his interlocutors.
Professor Christopher Coker,
These are the reflections of a man who for much of his working life found himself at the centre of the diplomatic containment of the
Review of Managing the Cold War by Max Hastings, in The Guardian