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The Hinge Factor


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A fascinating look at how the unpredictable has shaped both military battles and world history.

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Erik Durschmied was born in Vienna in 1930. After World War 2 he emigrated to Canada. A television war correspondent for the BBC and CBS, Durschmied covered every major crisis, from Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Belfast, Beirut, Chile, to Cuba and Afghanistan. Winner of numerous awards, Newsweek wrote 'Durschmied is a supremely gifted reporter who has transformed the media he works in.' And in Le Monde: 'He's survived more battles than any living general.' He lives in Paris and Provence with his family.


'Durschmeid brings an eye for the telling detail.' The Independent 'His tales of mayhem and confusion can be gripping, informative and genuinely idea-provoking. He reveals again and again, the casual impact of happenstance.' The Independent 'This entertaining book considers the errors and incidents that have shaped the world as we know it rather than as we planned it might be.' The Times 'His vivid descriptions of battles explain all.' Choice, London 'Gripping, riveting. Fascinating. Even when you're sure you know what happened and whodunit, Erik Durschmeid provides another twist.' The Scotsman 'Erik Durschmeid's revelations are wholly captivating.' Manchester Evening News 'He does highlight some amazing truths and who can say he is wrong?' Cumberland Evening News & Star

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