The bestselling author of THE HINGE FACTOR and THE WEATHER FACTOR brings us his very individual look at the giants of revolution in modern history. The great men who rose and fell like shooting stars.
Revolution brings tragedy, terror and heroism. Using historical texts and eye witness accounts as well as his own interviews, Erik Durschmied shares his unique understanding of revolutionary events that have shaped the course of history. His curiosity and amazement are reflected in the pages as is his irreverence for the conventional recitation of history. Progressing from the 18th to the 20th century, Durschmied provides a remarkable snapshot of the French Revolution; the Red October rising in Russia; Operation Walkure in Germany; Che Guevara's exploits; the rise and fall of Emperor Hirohito in Japan and the fall of the Shah of Iran in these powerful stories.
Durschmeid brings an eye for the telling detail. - Independent (HINGE FACTOR)
His tales of mayhem and confusion can be gripping, informative and genuinely idea-provoking. He reveals again and again, the casual impact of happenstance. - Independent (HINGE FACTOR)
This entertaining book considers the errors and incidents that have shaped the world as we know it rather than as we planned it might be. - The Times (HINGE FACTOR)
His vivid descriptions of battles explain all. - Choice, London (HINGE FACTOR)
Durschmied gets stuck straight into the gore - Express (Whisper of the Blade)
Erik Durschmied was born in Vienna in 1930. After the Second World War he emigrated to Canada. A television war correspondent for the BBC and CBS, Durschmied covered every major crisis, from Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Belfast, Beirut, Chile, to Cuba and Afghanistan. Winner of numerous awards, Newsweek wrote 'Durschmied is a supremely gifted reporter who has transformed the media he works in.' And in Le Monde: 'He's survived more battles than any living general.' Erik has just been appointed Professor of Military History at The Military Academy of Austria. He lives in Paris and Provence with his family.