Charles Emmerson has suffered from a life-long addiction to maps, geopolitics and the power of history to illuminate the future. Born in Australia, Charles grew up and was educated in London. After graduating top of his class from Oxford University in modern history, he was awarded an Entente Cordiale scholarship to study politics and law in Paris. Since then he has worked for a variety of international organisations focusing on global issues, including the International Crisis Group and, latterly, as Associate Director of the World Economic Forum and head of their Global Risks' team. He is the author of The Future History of the Arctic and 1913- The World Before the Great War. He now lives in London where he works as a writer and adviser on international affairs.
Ricochets the reader around the globe, providing a visceral sense of the power and pace of the whirlwind that in the wake the Great War birthed the world as we know it. The result is a kaleidoscopic portrait, brilliantly curated and elegantly executed, of a world on the cusp of modernity * Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence * A remarkable book... An amazingly audacious and completely innovative way of writing history ... immediate and gripping An ambitious, original, seductive and important work Brings this extraordinary time to life with great vividness by evoking key moments from the daily lives of a dazzling variety of people Emmerson skilfully tells the story of this lingering end to the Great War and Europe's subsequent and dramatic transformation * History of War *