Laurence Rees, the writer and producer of the major BBC/PBS television documentary series World War II- Behind Closed Doors, previously won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year in 2006 for his international bestseller Auschwitz- The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. His career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, stretches back nearly 20 years and includes the acclaimed television series (and books) The Nazis- A Warning from History, War of the Century, Horror in the East and Auschwitz- The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. This body of work has won him several awards, including a BAFTA and a Grierson Award. Their Darkest Hour, his powerful collection of essays based on interviews with people tested to the extreme during World War II, was published in 2007 to wide critical acclaim. Rees was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University and is Creative Director of BBC TV History programmes. Visit www.laurencerees.com for more information about the author.