In 1928, Winston Churchill was at the height of his career. Chancellor of the Exchequer and a powerful and popular orator, leadership of the Conservative Party seemed within his grasp. A year later, however, all had changed. The Conservatives were defeated, and when a National Government was formed in 1931, Churchill was not asked to join it. Though he was a lone figure from this point, his acute political sense, foresight, and courage were undiminished. Fed with secret inside information by a group of brave men, Churchill consistently warned of the Nazi danger, even before the rise of Hitler. The government fought him at every turn, even refusing him the right to broadcast. But he never gave up. It was as a direct result of his brave perseverance that the British public came to realize the truth of his warnings—a bond formed that would be so vital in the years to come.