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Triumph and Disaster

A single Yes, a single No, a Too Soon or a Too Late makes that hour irrevocable for hundreds of generations while deciding the life of a single man or woman, of a nation, even the destiny of all humanity. Five vivid dramatizations of some of the most pivotal episodes in human history, from the Fall of Constantinople to Scott's doomed attempt to reach the South Pole, bringing the past to life in brilliant technicolor. Contents: Foreword The Field of Waterloo The Race to Reach the South Pole The Conquest of Byzantium The Sealed Train (Lenin's journey across Europe before the Russian Revolution) Wilson's Failure (Woodrow Wilson and Versailles)
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Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Between the wars, Zweig was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas includingLetter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London, Bath and New York-a period during which he produced his most celebrated works: his only novel, Beware of Pity, and his memoir, The World of Yesterday. He eventually settled in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.


Gems of literary perfection. I felt I had seldom read such lucid, liquid prose -- Simon Winchester Telegraph The perfect stocking-filler for the Europhile in your life Philosophy Football Zweig writes lucidly and thrillingly Country Life

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