Edmond Taylor was born on February 13, 1908, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, but abandoned school during his freshman year for journalism. He became head of the Chicago Tribune's Paris bureau in 1933 and published several works of history in a long career as a writer. He died in 1998.
"Popular history of the finest sort ... an excellent book worthy to rank with Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August and Alan Moorehead's Gallipoli." --The New York Times "What a tale ... The events may be sprawling but the assessment is succinct; a tour de force of scholarship and sophistication ... one of those historical recreations putting many a novelist in the shade." --Kirkus Review