Reynolds, David

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David Reynolds is Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge. He has held visiting positions at Harvard and at Nihon University in Tokyo, and is the author of ten books, including In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, which was awarded the Wolfson Prize, Britain’s highest honor for the writing of history, and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, America: Empire of Liberty, named Best Book of the Year by the Financial Times, and Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the Twentieth Century. He lives in Cambridge, England.


The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century, Norton, 2016, Simon and Schuster UK, June 2014 (Non-fiction)
     One of the most violent conflicts in the history of civilization, WWI has been strangely forgotten in American culture. It has become a ghostly war fought in a haze of memory, often seen merely as a preamble to WWII. In The Long Shadow critically acclaimed historian David Reynolds seeks to broaden our vision by assessing the impact of the Great War across the 20th century. By exploring big themes as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism, as well as art and poetry, the book is stunningly broad in its historical perspective.


WINNER of the 2014 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History. “If you old read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is compelling and original.”— Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature

“[World War I has] been analyzed before, but never with such depth of perception or range of understanding. Reynolds is able to speak with authority on economics and philosophy; literature and art; politics, diplomacy and memory. He is a historian of immense skill, utterly confident of his wisdom and deservedly so.”—Gerard De Groot, Washington Post

“An extraordinary work.” (Peter Stansky, Stanford University)

“Brilliant…the most challenging and intelligent book on the Great War and our perceptions of it that any of us will read this, or any other year.”—John Charmley, The Times (UK)

“[A] masterly look at what the war meant and how its meaning changed by decade.”—David Shribman, Boston Globe

“A fluent corrective to our preoccupation with our own individual and family war stories . . . offers a truly global perspective on the conflict’s long shadow.”—Nigel Jones, The Telegraph (UK)

Praise for America, Empire of Liberty:

“Let us not mince words . . . this is the best one-volume history of the United States ever written . . . [A] remarkable tour of the American past.” – Joseph Ellis, National Interest

“Dazzlingly sweeping yet stippled with detail, this one-volume narrative runs from 1776 to Obama’s election, serving up fresh insights along the way.” –American History

“Concise and still-inclusive…an evenhanded distillation of America’s story from a singular outside observer.” –Kirkus

“An entertaining and fair-minded introduction to American history.” –Economist

“To understand what contemporary America is—and why, more than any other developed nation, it looks to its history to define what it can and ought to be—there is no better place to start than David Reynolds’ impressively broad-ranging, yet beautifully succinct, new book.” –Sunday Telegraph

“[Reynolds’s] admiration for American achievement is undiminished by the clear-sightedness with which he dispels its historical myths, chronicles its failures, and remarks on its ruthlessness…This is the best single-volume account of the world’s greatest society for many years.  Even those of us who think we know America well are reminded anew what an awesome place it is.” –Sunday Times

Praise for Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the Twentieth Century

Summits is based on a secure mastery both of the original documents and vast secondary literature, and its depth of scholarship is only partially concealed by its graceful and witty prose . . . Reynolds has the enviable gift of making the reader feel that he is actually present at the various summits he describes, personally negotiating with Gorbachev, Hitler, Stalin or Brezhnev.” – Financial Times

“In this engaging history of the great summits of the twentieth century, Reynolds, a distinguished Cambridge historian and Churchill scholar, provides a fresh retelling of six pivotal meetings of world leaders in an effort to capture the larger and evolving significance of this diplomatic art form.” – Foreign Affairs

Summits is a well-reasoned, well-written story of meetings among larger-than-life men playing at the Olympian heights of politics for peace and war . . . David Reynolds, a celebrity historian who teaches at Cambridge and narrates a series of BBC specials on summit meetings, wields a pen that entertains, illuminates, and alarms.” – Dallas Morning News

“A raw and extraordinary insight into the way that real power works.  The product of a master historian.” – The Times (London)

“Vastly entertaining and informative . . . Mr. Reynolds tells all his stories with real flair.” – Sunday Telegraph (London)

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