Keith Lowe is the author of Inferno: the Devastation of Hamburg and Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, which won the 2013 PEN/Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. In 2017 he published The Fear and the Freedom to great acclaim. His books have been translated into twenty languages.
'[An] inspired idea ... Always thoughtful and evocative, sometimes controversial ... Lowe's sensitive, disturbing book should be compulsory reading for both statue builders and statue topplers. Too many memorials of all kinds seek to promote deceits or half-truths.' MAX HASTINGS, THE SUNDAY TIMES '[A] brilliantly researched and timely book ... Lowe is not afraid to tread on sensitive ground, but he does so with the integrity that comes from really knowing his material' THE DAILY MAIL, FIVE STARS 'Such a provocative perspective makes Lowe's choice of monuments important. The well-balanced range here enables the retelling of some remarkable war stories, while also providing fascinating insights into the ways different nations have remembered or denied issues around national identity and the glory and horrors of war ... this is some of the most thought-provoking writing about the Second World War that I have read for a long while' SPECTATOR 'In this timely book, which neatly combines history, art criticism and travelogue, Lowe examines 25 monuments to the Second World War spread across three continents ... Lowe is a fine guide to these monuments because he feels the moral force - for good or bad - of each site he visits' THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Time after time throughout Prisoners of History, Keith Lowe's commentaries are more articulate and supple than the monuments they describe, interpret and criticise' THE LITERARY REVIEW