Lead: In the late 1930s, with the world lurching toward another global conflict, the clash of two personalities helped define Britain's response to the Nazi threat.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Few men had more preparation for national leadership than Arthur Neville Chamberlain. He hailed from a family of prominent business oriented politicians. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, was a dominant figure in turn-of-the-century politics. Neville Chamberlain's blue chip resume included success in business, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Member of Parliament for three decades, Postmaster General, Minister of Health, Chancellor of the Exchequer and then in 1937, Prime Minister. His view of the world never changed much from that of a West Country businessman. He despised communism, feared and loathed war because of the havoc it inflicted upon business and everyday life, and sincerely believed that rational people could sit down and work out their differences. Pity that he did not live in another time, for Chamberlain was ill-equipped to face his great adversary. Adolf Hitler was neither a businessman nor was he rational.

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