Simon Hall studied history at Cambridge University and held a Fox International Fellowship at Yale, before moving to the University of Leeds to teach American history. His previous books for the academic market include Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s; American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties; and Rethinking the American Anti-War Movement. 1956 is his first trade book. He lives in England.
"Hall succeeds admirably in presenting 1956 as a year that belongs in the same revolutionary tradition as 1848 and 1968." -- The Financial Times "A marvellous social history of that year." -- The Guardian "Hall deals with the remarkable year of 1956 on the British, American, and world fronts in this nicely written account of opposition to established authority (and resistance-often brutal-to that dissent). Hall does a workmanlike job in putting it all together. He sheds light on some vital events that took place in a very short period of time." -- Booklist "Taking an ambitious, panoramic view of a single year, Hall examines major events in postwar Europe, America, Africa, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East. Contemporary newspaper reports give the author's month-by-month narrative a vivid, you-are-there quality. An impressive history of a year's political tensions, necessarily limited in focus but still sweeping and in-depth." -- Kirkus Reviews "Fast-moving and vivid. Hall is a fluent and unobtrusive narrator." -- The Independent "1956 is a study of revolution in action and in thinking. The parallels from continent to continent are nearly undeniable, and one can postulate from Simon's lively account that there was, if not a direct connection between all these happenings, certainly a notable ricochet effect." -- Bookreporter "Hall captures the collective drama of the year 1956. Switching between multiple developments, Hall provides a dramatic and immersive narrative of a tumultuous year of oppression, revolt, and reaction in a decade often considered bland and docile." -- Publishers Weekly