From 1955 to 1956, David Butler took a leave of absence from Nuffield College to serve as personal assistant to Sir Roger Makins, the British Ambassador to the United States. Describing it as 'a gilded year', he witnessed first-hand the practicalities of US-UK diplomacy at the height of the Cold War, and in the year leading up to the Suez crisis. His complete diary for the year will be reproduced here shortly. In the meantime, here are a few pages.
All items, unless otherwise stated, are from David's private collection of papers, with permission granted to reproduce on this website.