Brendan Simms is Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. His major books include Unfinest Hour- Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), Europe- The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present, and Hitler- Only the World Was Enough. Charlie Laderman is a Lecturer in International History at King's College London. He is the author of Sharing the Burden- The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order and (with Brendan Simms) Donald Trump- the Making of a Worldview.
A rare achievement: a microhistory that's global in scope. Filled with fresh insights, excitingly written, and meticulously documented, Hitler's American Gamble is sure to become an instant classic. -- John Lewis Gaddis Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman show how Hitler's mad decision to declare war on the United States on December 11, 1941 proved suicidal for the Axis, ensured a global catastrophe, and would radically redefine how World War II would end. And yet was Hitler really as unhinged and reckless as it has seemed? ... Hitler's American Gamble is revisionist, but in the best sense of sound research, rare originality, singular analysis, and riveting prose. -- Victor Davis Hanson