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The World Aflame


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A visually stunning history of global conflict from 1914 to 1945, from Dan Jones and Marina Amaral - the brilliant team who created The Colour of Time.

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Marina Amaral is a talented Brazilian artist who specialises in the colourisation of historical photographs. Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars and The Colour of Time (with Marina Amaral), have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator.


'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.
'Amaral's colourisation process is most moving when applied to pictures of children. The addition of eye colour, skin tone, freckles - suddenly, they look like children you might know. And children, especially, relate to her colourised pictures because they are witnessing a reality that is more similar to their own, she says ... To see it more as the photographer saw it, and the way it actually was. The photographer might not have had the choice, or the technology, to take a picture in colour. But looking through the viewfinder, that's what they saw; the past - even its grimmest, darkest hours - was not in black and white' Guardian.
'"The world is fragile. It takes less than we think to set it aflame." So the historian Dan Jones writes, striking unintended contemporary parallels in his introduction to his second collaboration with the artist Marina Amaral, after The Colour of Time. In The World Aflame, the events of the first and second world wars - the so-called long war - are brought to vivid, startling life thanks to Amaral's skill at colourising contemporary images' Observer.
'Iconic photos of the First World War and WWII, as well as the intervening conflicts, have been brought to life in colour and given a new perspective to the bloodiest half-century in history' Daily Mail.
'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.
'Amaral has raised the game in terms of colourising historical images, carefully researching each of the book's 200 pictures before adding the colour digitally ... The book is 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.
'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.
'Marina Amaral's colourised images, taken between the first and second world wars, bring history to life in breathtaking Technicolor. Although, actually, Amaral's palette is far more nuanced and beautiful than that' Financial Times.
'You may feel that you have seen it all before; this book triumphantly suggests otherwise' Daily Mail.

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