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The World Aflame
The World Aflame: The Long War, 1914-1945 by Dan Jones, by Marina Amaral

'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

'Revelatory' Daily Express

'The past – even its grimmest, darkest hours – was not in black and white' Guardian

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
14 May 2020 * 448pp * £8.99 * 9781789542028
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'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
'Amaral's colourised images bring history to life in breathtaking technicolour. Although, actually, Amaral's palette is far more nuanced and beautiful than that'
Financial Times
Frequently stark and sometimes bleak... but this is a testament to the quality of Amaral's work, and its effect on the human eye'
Military History
'The past – even its grimmest, darkest hours – was not in black and white'
Guardian
'A new perspective to the bloodiest half-century in history'
Daily Mail
'For the first time, we are seeing the scenes in colour as images from a new book show how much changes but how much stays the same as history unfolds. Covering the years between 1914-1945, The World Aflame shows the planet gripped by wars, the rise of right-wing governments and a deadly pandemic'
Sunday Post
'You may need a strong stomach for some of the images, but they are immensely vivid, and Jones's text is crisp'
Sunday Times
'While many can claim to show you Winston Churchill as he's never been seen before, this photograph is perhaps a true first'
Discover Britain
'To see Winston Churchill's youthful freckly face in 1911 is revelatory. In a single image, we see how far the journey was from a somewhat gadabout sea lord to Our National Saviour'
Daily Express
'Stunning'
People's Friend
Jones's commentaries are small miracles of compression... Amaral's achievement in bringing colour as 'an emotional enhancing agent' to these photographs is extraordinary'
World of Interiors
'You may feel that you have seen it all before; this book triumphantly suggests otherwise'
Daily Mail
Author
Dan Jones
Dan Jones
Dan Jones is the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of ten non-fiction books, including The Templars, The Colour of Time and Powers and Thrones. He is a renowned writer, broadcaster and journalist, and has for many years wanted to write authentic but action-packed historical fiction. His debut novel, Essex Dogs, is the first in a planned trilogy following the fortunes of ten ordinary soldiers in the early years of the Hundred Years' War. He lives near London with his family.
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Author
Marina Amaral
Marina Amaral
Marina Amaral is a talented digital colourist. Her work has featured on the BBC and in the Evening Standard, Washington Post and Le Figaro and she has collaborated with the History Channel, PBS, English Heritage and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. In 2021, Marina was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
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