Laurence Rees is the author of several acclaimed books on the Second World War and is a former Head of BBC TV History Programmes. His work includes the television series and bestselling books The Nazis- A Warning from History, Auschwitz- The Nazis and the 'Final Solution', World War II- Behind Closed Doors, The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler and The Holocaust- A New History. Rees holds honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield and the Open University. His many and varied awards include a British Book Award, a BAFTA, a George Foster Peabody award, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, a Grierson award, a Broadcast award, two International Documentary awards and two Emmys.
Accessible, authoritative, excellently written * The Times on 'The Holocaust' * A masterpiece Highly readable, moving, brilliant A brave and remarkable work. Revelatory, gripping and hugely relevant, it shows Hitler and Stalin as you've never known them. Truly a story of our time, with so many lessons for the troubled world we inhabit today, it will revolutionise your understanding of these two foremost tyrants -- Damien Lewis, author of The Nazi Hunters Laurence Rees brilliantly combines powerful eye-witness testimony, vivid narrative and compelling analysis in this superb account of how two terrible dictators led their countries in the most destructive and inhumane war in history -- Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler - Hubris and Hitler - Nemesis Coming from one of the world's experts on the Second World War, this is an important and original - and devastating - account of Hitler and Stalin as dictators. A must read -- Professor Robert Service, author of Stalin: A Biography. In this fascinating study of two monsters, Rees is extraordinarily perceptive and original -- Antony Beevor