Multi-award-winning military historian Antony Beevor tells the full story of World War II. While most people expect the story to begin with the invasion of Poland and end with either the death of Hitler or V-J Day, Beevor says we have had too many black holes in our knowledge for too long. His narrative begins in August 1939 with General Zhukov’s defeat of the Japanese on the Mongolian-Manchurian border and ends with the Soviet invasion of northern China. In between, Beevor covers the full horror of war in Europe, Africa and Asia, and he demonstrates that the Second World War was not just a clash between the Allied powers and the Axis and Japan but also an international civil war in which many people found themselves crushed by rival factions.
Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. He left the Army to write and has published four novels and ten works of non-fiction including Stalingrad; The Spanish Civil War; Crete – The Battle and the Resistance; Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949; and D-Day – The Battle for Normandy.
This event is held in association with the Folio Society which has published editions of Beevor’s Stalingrad and Paris After the Liberation.