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/ Lead title One of our most eminent historians presents a powerful look at the buildup to and aftermath of one of the most decisive moments of the Second World War -- Kristallnacht -- not only for the Jewish population suddenly identified as a group to be destroyed, but also in terms of the international response it inspired and its larger implications. / From one of our most highly regarded historians comes a probing look into one of the most decisive moments of the Second World War which spelt disaster for the Jewish population -- Kristallnacht. / Martin Gilbert's analysis of this seminal moment in history is more than mere narrative; it demonstrates how Kristallnacht affected the second half of the twentieth century and continues to resonate with contemporary events and attitudes. / Martin Gilbert's 'The Holocaust' has been widely praised as an accessible but authorative classic and has sold over 80,000 copies in the UK. / Competition: Ian Kershaw - Death in the Bunker
Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 and educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962, he became research assistant to Randolph Churchill and, after Randolph's death, succeeded him as biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He is the author of many works of history and lives in London and Jerusalem.
Praise for 'Kristallnacht': 'An incisive, heartbreaking account.' The Times 'Horribly vivid!a book that makes the horror strikingly fresh.' Observer 'Gilbert's meticulous documenting of the slope from discrimination to Kristallnacht to the Holocaust.' Financial Times Praise for 'Empires of Conflict': 'Martin Gilbert is the most prodigious author of our time!He is a phenomenon who arouses envy among less productive professional historians!He has a fine eye for a telling passage and a memorable detail.' John Ramsden, Financial Times