Philip Ziegler was a diplomat before becoming an editorial director at the publishers William Collins. His many books include acclaimed biographies of Laurence Olivier, William IV, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten and Harold Wilson, as well as the classic history of the Black Death.
A fascinating, panoramic overview . . . In prose of crystalline elegance, Ziegler travels chronologically across countries and continents, discussing global events that range from the complex arguments for Home Rule in Ireland in 1921 to the fascist takeover of Madrid in 1939. - Spectator.Very rewarding, well-written, succinct and full of intelligent judgements. - Hugh ThomasZiegler is an elegant, unfailingly lucid writer - Simon CallowOne of the most experienced and versatile biographers of his generation. - Observer.Ziegler writes with urbanity and wit but is unflinching in his judgments. - Times Literary Supplement.A skillful historian. - Kirkus Reviews.Fascinating. - on The Black Death.