Witness to History by Victoria Schofield
The Life of John Wheeler-Bennett

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The first chapters of Ms. Schofield's engaging chronicle evoke a lost imperial world.
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Historian Sir John Wheeler-Bennett (1902–1975) was one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary political operators. Through an ability to make important connections, he became an authority on Germany in the inter-war years and knew all the German hierarchy, including Hitler and Hindenburg. He also was one of the last people to interview Trotsky, writing an important analysis of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1917. As King George VI’s official biographer, he met and interviewed all the major leaders in the post-war period, including Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and members of the Royal Family; he also supervised young Jack Kennedy’s master’s thesis.


With the first biography of Wheeler-Bennett Victoria Schofield has written a book tha will fascinate anyone interested in twentieth-century European history.



About Victoria Schofield

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Victoria Schofield is an author and journalist specializing in military and Asian history. She is the author of Wavell: Soldier & Statesman, Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia and Kashmir in Conflict.
Published July 16, 2012 by Yale University Press. 359 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences.
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Reviewed by Brendan Simms on Sep 04 2012

The first chapters of Ms. Schofield's engaging chronicle evoke a lost imperial world.

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