Piers Brendon is the author of The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781 - 1997, among other histories and biographies. He is the former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge, England.
"A masterful survey of that troubled decade."-Foreign Affairs "Page by page this synoptic tour de force...propels the reader towards the inevitable cataclysms of the '40s."-Time "An innovative format, a wealth of detail gleaned from prodigious research, and stylistic gifts worthy of a great novelist...gives Brendon's book a magisterial quality unmatched by other histories of the period."-The Philadelphia Inquirer "Brilliantly written and meticulously researched, The Dark Valley provides a depth of understanding of the misery of the Great Depression that few Americans alive today can grasp." --The Denver Post