The World Aflame: The Long War, 1914-1945 (Hardback)
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The World Aflame: The Long War, 1914-1945 (Hardback)

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Published: 14/05/2020
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Brought to life by Amaral’s captivating colourisation of historical photographs and Jones’s insightful commentary, The World Aflame is a heart-breaking visual rendition of the war-torn decades that defined the 20th century.  

'Purists argue that colourising black and white photographs is sacrilege, but the world has always been in colour. Truth be told, monochrome is a contrivance. Human experience is always colourful' - The Times.

The epic, harrowing and world-changing story - in words and colourized images - of global conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the obliteration of Hiroshima by the dropping of the first atom bomb. The World Aflame will embrace not only the total conflagrations of 1914-18 and 1939-45 and the international tensions, conflicting ideologies and malign economic forces that set them in train, but also the civil wars of the interwar period in Ireland and Spain, wars in Latin America, Britain's imperial travails in such places as Ireland, Somalia and Palestine, and events on the domestic 'fronts' of the belligerent nations.

Like The Colour of Time, The World Aflame is a collaboration between the gifted Brazilian artist Marina Amaral, and the leading British historian Dan Jones. Marina has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions. The accompanying narrative anchors each image in its context, weaving them into a vivid account of four decades of conflict that shaped the world we live in today.

A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen and informative words, The World Aflame offers a moving - and often terrifying - perspective on the bloodiest century in human history.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781788547789
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm


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The events of the first and second world wars are brought to vivid, startling life thanks to Amaral's skill at colourising contemporary images - Observer

Amaral's colourised images bring history to life in breathtaking technicolour. Although, actually, Amaral's palette is far more nuanced and beautiful than that - Financial Times

Frequently stark and sometimes bleak... but this is a testament to the quality of Amaral's work, and its effect on the human eye' - Military History

The past – even its grimmest, darkest hours – was not in black and white - Guardian

A new perspective to the bloodiest half-century in history - Daily Mail

For the first time, we are seeing the scenes in colour as images from a new book show how much changes but how much stays the same as history unfolds. Covering the years between 1914-1945, The World Aflame shows the planet gripped by wars, the rise of right-wing governments and a deadly pandemic - Sunday Post

You may need a strong stomach for some of the images, but they are immensely vivid, and Jones's text is crisp - Sunday Times

While many can claim to show you Winston Churchill as he's never been seen before, this photograph is perhaps a true first - Discover Britain

To see Winston Churchill's youthful freckly face in 1911 is revelatory. In a single image, we see how far the journey was from a somewhat gadabout sea lord to Our National Saviour - Daily Express

Stunning - People's Friend

Jones's commentaries are small miracles of compression... Amaral's achievement in bringing colour as 'an emotional enhancing agent' to these photographs is extraordinary' - World of Interiors

You may feel that you have seen it all before; this book triumphantly suggests otherwise - Daily Mail

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“A fascinating and well presented book”

This is one of those books that is hard to put down. The coloured photos are technically beautifully done (if such subject matter can ever be 'beautiful'). My one comment is that some of the descriptions... More

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“Beautifully Grim”

I thought that the authors would struggle to come up with anything to compare with their first collaboration "The Colour Of Time", but they have proved me wrong! The stories, covering the years 1914-45 are... More

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“Excellent portfolio of Historical Events.”

Quality presentation - lived up to its predecessor - "The Colour of Time ". Excellent.

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