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Antony Beevor

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World-renowned British historian

Prolific writer and commentator

Former British army officer

“I think the greatest lesson of all, the greatest warning of all to history, must be the effects of the dehumanisation of the enemy through propaganda.” – Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor has published nine eminent volumes of history, the majority on military campaigns of World War II. His books have appeared in thirty languages and sold more than five million copies, as he explores the origins of the conflict spanning from before Hitler’s invasion of Poland to the aftermath of the war, and its global impact on the major powers of the day.

A former British army officer with the 11th Hussars, Antony left the Army to write. His most famous books were based on newly released documents from the Soviet archives and recount battles between Germany and the Soviet Union. “Stalingrad” (1998) won the Samuel Johnson and Wolfson Prizes, “Berlin – The Downfall 1945” (2002) won the Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award and “D-Day – the Battle for Normandy” (2009) won the RUSI Westminster Medal.

Other best-sellers include “Crete: the Battle and the Resistance” (1991), “Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949” (1994) and “The Battle for Spain” (2006). His most recent book, “The Second World War” (2013), is a number one international best-seller. It is a single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

A former Lees-Knowles lecturer at Cambridge, he has been awarded honorary doctorates at the Universities of Kent and Bath and is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London and the University of Kent. Antony was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997.

Our Comment

"Antony tells history from the bottom up, from the accounts of soldiers, the diaries of victims and the minutiae of archives. He speaks with extraordinary intensity about the greatest campaigns of twentieth century warfare."

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