‘The events of the first and second world wars are brought to vivid, startling life thanks to Amaral’s skill at colourising contemporary images’ Observer
The epic, harrowing and world-changing story – in words and colourized images – of global conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the obliteration of Hiroshima by the dropping of the first atom bomb. The World Aflame embraces not only the total conflagrations of 1914-18 and 1939-45 and the international tensions, conflicting ideologies and malign economic forces that set them in train, but also the civil wars of the interwar period in Ireland and Spain, wars in Latin America, Britain’s imperial travails in such places as Ireland, Somalia and Palestine, and events on the domestic ‘fronts’ of the belligerent nations.
Like The Colour of Time, this is a collaboration between the gifted Brazilian artist Marina Amaral, and the leading British historian Dan Jones. A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen and informative words, The World Aflame offers a moving – and often terrifying – perspective on the bloodiest century in human history.
‘A new perspective on the bloodiest half-century in history’Daily Mail
‘Immensely vivid’Sunday Times
‘Brings history to life in breaktaking technicolour’Financial Times
‘The past – even its grimmest, darkest hours – was not in black and white’Guardian