December 1941, By Evan Mawdsley
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 24 November 2012
When did not just the Second World War, but our postwar condition, truly begin? This compelling history, tight in focus but vast in implication, traces the events of 1-12 December 1941.
In the week of Pearl Harbor, campaigns from the Eastern Front to North Africa and Malaya turned irreversibly in a global direction.
As the Red Army halted the Nazis near Moscow, America joined the war and Japan began to shake the British Empire, the fault-lines of today came into view. Mawdsley is a commanding guide to a pivotal fortnight.
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