Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, the past President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, is one of Britain's leading military historians, and a well-reviewed author and commentator and on a wide range of intelligence and military historical subjects. He lectures for a number of international, governmental and academic organisations. His books include the best-selling Military Intelligence Blunders, Blindfold and Alone and A Brief History of the Cold War. His The Puppet Masters, a history of intelligence, was short listed for the Westminster Gold Medal. His books have been translated into 6 languages, including Japanese and Turkish. He has produced over 150 articles and broadcasts worldwide on defence and related subjects, and in 2012 he was selected to be the author of the Imperial War Museum's official History of the First World War.