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A World on Fire : An Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman
  

A World on Fire : An Epic History of Two Nations Divided

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 25 November 2010.

In A World on Fire Amanda Foreman brings her unique style of epic biography to the American Civil War. This is a new and dramatic account of the first modern war and of Britain's part in it, for good or ill.

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A World on Fire : An Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman

During the titanic struggle between North and South, both sides demanded Britain's support. British volunteers fought on both sides; British guns and bullets littered the battlefields. The South depended on British-built cruisers to make up its navy, and British blockade runners to supply its armies. This book portrays the extraordinary web of relationships between the two countries through the lives of over a hundred participants - soldiers, mercenaries, politicians, spies, journalists, diplomats, doctors and nurses who, at home or abroad, recorded their experience of the war. It traces the often desperate efforts of men and women to survive, to preserve the ideals and ways of living they believed were right, and even, sometimes, to find love in the worst of circumstances. A World On Fire is history told in the round, combining the human intensity of battle with the manoeuvrings of fraught diplomacy. We see the letters of soldiers fighting thousands of miles from their homeland; the passionate dispatches from diplomats and journalists; and the diaries of the brave women who laboured in some cases to save a single life, and in others to protect an entire way of life.

Reviews

"Amanda Foreman's magnificent book provides a completely fresh perspective on the first great modern conflict. Weaving together a vast panoply of people and events, it dramatically brings alive this extraordinary period on British and American history." - Antony Beevor

About the Author

Amanda Foreman is the author of the international bestseller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1999) which has been translated into thirteen languages and won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. The book inspired a documentary, a radio play starring Dame Judi Dench, and a film, The Duchess, released in 2008, starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes. She is currently a research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She is married with five children.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th November 2010

Author

Amanda Foreman

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Publisher

Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

History


ISBN

9781846142048

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