Norman Stone - Author

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Norman Stone is one of Britain's greatest historians. His major works include The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 (winner of the Wolfson Prize and published by Penguin), Europe Transformed and The Atlantic and Its Enemies (published by Penguin). He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Centre. He lives in Ankara.

Featured books by Norman Stone

World War Two A Short History

World War Two A Short History

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

 Norman Stone's gripping book tells the narrative of the Second World War in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with his highly acclaimed World War One: A Short History, there is a compelling sense of a terrible story unfolding, of a sceptical and humorous intelligence at work, and a wish to convey to an audience who may well have no memory of the conflict just how high the stakes were.

Other books by Norman Stone

Turkey A Short History

Turkey A Short History

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2017

From the eminent historian Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, comes this concise survey of Turkey's relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. Stone deftly conducts the reader through this story, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh century to today's thriving republic. It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Ataturk, the reforming genius and founder of modern Turkey. At its height, the Ottoman Empire was a superpower that brought Islam to the gates of Vienna. Stone examines the reasons for the empire's long decline and shows how it gave birth to the modern Turkish republic, where east and west, religion and secularism, tradition and modernity still form vibrant elements of national identity. Norman Stone brilliantly draws out the larger themes of Turkey's history, resulting in a book that is a masterly exposition of the historian's craft.

World War Two A Short History

World War Two A Short History

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

 Norman Stone's gripping book tells the narrative of the Second World War in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with his highly acclaimed World War One: A Short History, there is a compelling sense of a terrible story unfolding, of a sceptical and humorous intelligence at work, and a wish to convey to an audience who may well have no memory of the conflict just how high the stakes were.

Hitler

Hitler

Author: Norman Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

This biography looks beneath the usual assessment of Adolf Hitler the monster, digging deeper into his life and examining his successes alongside his many failings. Through his meticulous research and illuminating writing, Stone reveals a man who was surprisingly human: not the clear-sighted decisive leader he seemed, but rather plagued by doubt and often uncertain about his next course of action.

The Atlantic and Its Enemies A History of the Cold War

The Atlantic and Its Enemies A History of the Cold War

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2011

The Atlantic and its Enemies is Norman Stone's personal, uncompromising and provocative history of how the West 'won' the Cold War. For decades after the end of the Second World War, most of the globe either laboured under Communist rule or else was lost in a violent stagnancy that seemed doomed to permanence. For every Atlantic success there seemed to be a dozen Communist or Third World successes, as the USSR and its proxies, whether in Berlin, Cuba, Vietnam or China, crushed dissent and humiliated the United States on both military and cultural grounds. Then, suddenly, the Atlantic won - economically, ideologically, militarily - with astonishing speed and comprehensiveness. With wit and brio, Norman Stone's The Atlantic and its Enemies offers a unique perspective on events, from Vietnam to glasnost, and draws on his own experiences - such as his time in a Slovak prison - to show both the tragedy and the absurdity of the struggle that divided the world for over forty years. 'Opinionated, mischievous, enthralling ... an exhilarating read' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Lively, idiosyncratic, rollicking' Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Observer 'Masterly ... the one book that anyone who wants to understand the Cold War must read' John Gray, New Statesman 'A swashbuckling survey of the cold war' Mark Mazower, Financial Times '[Stone] has a terrific eye for detail, bringing to life everything from the ruins of Germany to Ronald Reagan's White House with a wonderfully waspish turn of phrase' Economist Norman Stone is one of Britain's most celebrated historians. He is the author of The Eastern Front, 1914-1917, Hitler: An Introduction, Europe Transformed and World War One: A Short History.

Atlantic and Its Enemies

Atlantic and Its Enemies

Author: Norman Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 25/05/2010

After World War II, the former allies were saddled with a devastated world economy and traumatized populace. Soviet influence spread insidiously from nation to nation, and the Atlantic powersthe Americans, the British, and a small band of allieswere caught flat-footed by the coups, collapsing armies, and civil wars that sprung from all sides. The Cold War had begun in earnest.In The Atlantic and Its Enemies, prize-winning historian Norman Stone assesses the years between World War II and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. He vividly demonstrates that for every Atlantic success there seemed to be a dozen Communist or Third World triumphs. Then, suddenly and against all odds, the Atlantic woneconomically, ideologically, and militarilywith astonishing speed and finality.An elegant and path-breaking history, The Atlantic and Its Enemies is a monument to the immense suffering and conflict of the twentieth century, and an illuminating exploration of how the Atlantic triumphed over its enemies at last.

World War One

World War One

Author: Norman Stone Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2009

The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. Fourteen million combatants died, four empires were destroyed, and even the victors empires were fatally damaged. World War I took humanity from the nineteenth century forcibly into the twentiethand then, at Versailles, cast Europe on the path to World War II as well. In World War One, Norman Stone, one of the worlds greatest historians, has achieved the almost impossible task of writing a terse and witty short history of the war. A captivating, brisk narrative, World War One is Stones masterful effort to make sense of one of the twentieth centurys pivotal conflicts.

World War One A Short History

World War One A Short History

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2008

In World War One: A Short History, Norman Stone provides a terse, opinionated and wry short history of the First World War. In 1914 a new kind of war, and a new kind of world, came about. Fourteen million combatants died, a further twenty million were wounded, four empires were destroyed and even the victors' empires were fatally damaged. The First World War marked a revolution in the technology of slaughter as trench warfare, artillery barrages, tanks and chemical warfare made their mark on the battlefield for the first time. The sheer complexity and scale of the war have encouraged historians to write books on a similar scale. But in only 140 pages, Norman Stone distils a lifetime of teaching, arguing and thinking to reframe the overwhelming disaster whose aftershocks shaped the rest of the twentieth century. 'Bold, provocative and witty ... one of the outstanding historians of our age' Spectator 'Do we need another history of the First World War? The answer in the case of Norman Stone's short book is, yes - because of its opinionated freshness and the unusual, sharp facts that fly about like shrapnel' Literary Review 'Exhilarating ... scintillating ... a heady cocktail' Observer 'Entertaining and insightful ... one of the handful of living historians who can write with style and wit' Tibor Fischer, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year Norman Stone is one of Britain's most celebrated historians. He is the author of The Eastern Front, 1914-1917, Hitler: An Introduction, Europe Transformed and The Atlantic and its Enemies. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now Director of the Turkish-Russian Centre.

Europe Transformed 1878-1919

Europe Transformed 1878-1919

Author: Norman Stone Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/1999

This book provides readers with an introduction to the complex era from 1878 to the end of World War I.

Europe Transformed 1878-1919

Europe Transformed 1878-1919

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/1999

This book provides readers with an introduction to the complex era from 1878 to the end of World War I.

The Eastern Front 1914-1917

The Eastern Front 1914-1917

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/1998

A groundbreaking historical study, Norman Stone's The Eastern Front 1914-1917 was the very first authoritative account of the Russian Front in the First World War to be published in the West. In this now-classic history he dispels the myths surrounding a still relatively little-known aspect of the war, showing how inefficiency rather than economic shortage led to Russia's desperate privations and eventual retreat. He also interprets the connection between the war and the chaos that followed, arguing that although fighting had almost ceased by the end of 1916, Russia was still in turmoil - undergoing a period of change that would inexorably lead towards revolution. 'A landmark in its field ... it is still the best book on the eastern front' Orlando Figes 'A classic account ... that even after thirty years remains essential reading' Sunday Times 'Without question one of the classics of post-war historical scholarship' Niall Ferguson 'One of the outstanding historians of our age' Spectator 'Fills an enormous gap in our knowledge and understanding of the Great War' Sunday Telegraph Norman Stone is one of Britain's most celebrated historians. He is the author of The Atlantic and its Enemies, Hitler: An Introduction, Europe Transformed and World War One: A Short History.

The Management and Practice of Public Relations

The Management and Practice of Public Relations

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1995

Public Relations is one business function an organisation cannot decide it does not want. The only option is whether to manage PR as a conscious and deliberate activity, or to leave it to chance and hope for the best - a sure route to bad public relations. In this text the author provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of PR drawing on a variety of illustrations and case histories and referring to a whole battery of techniques. It will be essential reading for students and others wishing to understand the dynamics and importance of Public Relations.

Ukraine: From Chernobyl' to Sovereignty A Collection of Interviews

Ukraine: From Chernobyl' to Sovereignty A Collection of Interviews

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1992

A collection of interviews that reflects the changing face of the Ukraine, the second largest Soviet republic. The interviews demonstrate the transformation the Ukraine has gone through since the early stages of perestroika.

The Other Russia The Experience of Exile

The Other Russia The Experience of Exile

Author: Norman Stone Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/1991

Where is The Other Russia ? The answer to that is to be found throughout the world in the memories of people exiled from their motherland by the drama of the Russian Revolution. This book recounts the experiences of three generations of emigres from Russia, why they fled, how, where they chose to go and what they found when they got there. Michael Glenny interviewed hundreds of exiles and invited them to tell the stories of their lives. Norman Stone introduces and adds to their testimony. The experiences range from the princess who was the last lady-in-waiting to the Dowager Empress in the Crimea, the young Jewish lawyer escaping from Petrograd through German-occupied Kiev and the disabled Russian hounded by the KGB.

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