M. R. D. Foot, The Times ‘Nail-biting … with rare narrative verve, he documents the ultimatums, emissaries, letters and increasingly desperate proposals that shuttled across Europe in the countdown to war’
Ian Thomson, Independent ‘Even those who think they know it all about how war broke out will learn something from Richard Overy’s book’
Simon Heffer, Literary Review ‘One of the great historians of this conflict’
Simon Garfield, Observer ‘A brilliantly executed extended essay that reads like a tense political thriller’
Sunday Telegraph Richard Overy has spent much of his distinguished career studying the intellectual, social and military ideas that shaped the cataclysm of the Second World War, particularly in his books 1939 – Countdown to War, Why the Allies Won, Russia’s War and The Morbid Age. Overy’s The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hessell Tiltman Prize.