Upper-class scoundrel Basil Seal, mad, bad, and dangerous to know, creates
havoc wherever he goes, much to the despair of the three women in his life-
his sister, his mother, and his mistress. When Neville Chamberlain declares
war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and
adventure. So Basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his
finest hour-as a war hero. Basil's instincts for self-preservation come to
the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a
little-known section of Military Security. With Europe frozen in the
phoney war, when will Basil's big chance to fight finally arrive?

Evelyn Waugh—Put Out More Flags

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