The Dark Valley by Piers Brendon
A Panorama of the 1930s (Vintage)

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The 1930s were perhaps the seminal decade in twentieth-century history, a dark time of global depression that displaced millions, paralyzed the liberal democracies, gave rise to totalitarian regimes, and, ultimately, led to the Second World War. In this sweeping history, Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.

From Stalinist pogroms to New Deal programs, Brendon re-creates the full scope of a slow international descent towards war. Offering perfect sketches of the players, riveting descriptions of major events and crises, and telling details from everyday life, he offers both a grand, rousing narrative and an intimate portrait of an era that make sense out of the fascinating, complicated, and profoundly influential years of the 1930s.

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About Piers Brendon

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PIERS BRENDON is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling "Eminent Edwardians" and "The Dark Valley," and, most recently, the highly acclaimed "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire." He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 850 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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