This new edition of The Penguin History of the World is an
opportunity to celebrate a book that is both a richly rewarding
narrative and a permanent work of reference.
Odd Arne Westad (Author) Odd Arne Westad is one of the world's foremost experts on both the Cold War and contemporary East Asian history, having won the Bancroft Prize, the Michael Harrington Award and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award for his seminal book The Global Cold War. A Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, he is also co-director of LSE IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. Odd Arne Westad, FBA, is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, among themThe Global Cold War, which won the Bancroft Prize, andDecisive Encounters, a standard history of the Chinese civil war. He also served as general co-editor of theCambridge History of the Cold War. J. M. Roberts (Author) Until his retirement in 1994,J. M. Robertswas Warden of Merton College, Oxford. Acknowledged as one the greatest living historians in the world today, his books includeThe Penguin History of the WorldandThe Triumph of the West.
A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating
judgments. There is nothing better of its kind -- Jonathan Sumption
* Sunday Telegraph *
At once entertaining and scholarly ... a book as challenging as it is consistently absorbing -- Christopher Hibbert
A stupendous achievement -- A. J. P. Taylor
A brilliant book ... the most outstanding history of the world yet written' -- J. H. Plumb
The leading historical mind of his generation * Guardian *