2006. A paperback copy in very good, unmarked condition.
Unlike the Napoleonic Wars, and the First World War, there was no peace settlement in 1945. The shape of Europe was determined entirely by military force, dividing it into two halves which corresponded to neither geography, culture nor previous history. From the D-Day landings to the collapse of Berlin, military movements were more and more dominated by separate national ambitions. And the Yalta and Potsdam conferences were more recognitions of a fait accompli than agreements on the terms of peace. With Gregor Dallas we re-live the vast events of the end of the war years in the experience of real people. The Birth of the Present opens in Berlin on the day of Hitler's suicide, where life, such as it existed, continued on the roofs, in the attics, in the streets, ruins and cellars of the city. We live too with the armies in the field, their movements determined by the cycle of seasons, and with civilians, particularly in booming wartime Washington, bombed London, liberated Paris, annihilated Warsaw, doomed Berlin, and Moscow gripped by poverty and secret terror.
'Gregor Dallas's talent for engaging readers by telling history on several levels is highlighted in Poisoned Peace.' -- Soldier 20050301 'Dallas has the journalist's eye for detail, and for the great quote.' -- The Glasgow Herald 20050219 'Dallas pulls us into wartime Europe and shows us how it continues to wreak havoc today.' -- Good Book Guide 20050301 'Beautifully written, admirably researched, utterly riveting' -- Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph 'A brilliant account; imaginative and wildly ambitious.' -- J.B. Pick, The Scotsman 'Dallas is a visual historian.' -- John Crossland, Independent on Sunday 'This is a not-to-be-forgotten read by an author of outstanding quality' -- The Spectator 20050212 'His approach is thematic, eclectic and discursive ...It reads like a conversation with a sympathetic guide, ...and Dallas convincingly demonstates that where we are can be understood only by where we were.' -- The Daily Telegraph 20050226 'Not a conventional history of 1945 ... but highly visual, and there is certainly much enjoyment and instruction to be derived from this book. -- Independent on Sunday - Frank McLynn 20050220 'A clear, comprehensive view of a most complex subject !Dallas has an eye for telling detail and the evocative phrase.' -- History Today 20050604 'Absorbing and ! vivid. More persuasive and intriguing is the geopolitical thread running through the argument.' -- The Sunday Times 20050306 'A fascinating and thought-provoking study' -- Book Guide 20060701
Gregor Dallas is an acclaimed historian of the ending of wars. He is the author of 1815: The Roads to Waterloo and 1918: War and Peace, and has written as well on rural life in France, and on Clemenceau. Educated in Britain and the USA, he now lives near Paris.