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In this sweeping history, distinguished historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.
Like the classic work of Barbara Tuchman, The Dark Valley captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping, page-turning drama. Brendon’s alternating chapters on the eight principle countries–Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Russia, and the United States–examine the internal situation of each against the backdrop of the world. Perhaps the definitive work on this pivotal decade, The Dark Valley will appeal to any reader of serious history.
“A masterful survey of that troubled decade.”–Foreign Affairs
“Page by page this synoptic tour de force…propels the reader towards the inevitable cataclysms of the ‘40s.”–Time
“An innovative format, a wealth of detail gleaned from prodigious research, and stylistic gifts worthy of a great novelist…gives Brendon’s book a magisterial quality unmatched by other histories of the period.”–The Philadelphia Inquirer