The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914–1945

Pegasus. Aug. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9781643132228. $39.95. HIST
In this poignant work, Jones and Amaral (The Color of Time) collaborate on their second work, this visual history of the global conflicts of the first half of the 20th century. The world wars take up a significant portion of this work, but the authors examine other violent conflicts from that era, including revolutions in Russian, civil wars in Spain and Ireland, and colonial wars. Jones, a historian and best-selling author, provides the narrative and examines the causes that made this era the most destructive in human history. Amaral, a Brazilian artist, contributes the most moving part of this work with her brilliant, colorized images of historical photographs. Despite its limitations, colorization works effectively in this book: the photos are more powerful and graphic in a way not revealed in the original black-and-white versions. Beyond presenting history, the authors state that this work is meant as a tribute to veterans and those who lived through those difficult times. Furthermore, it is meant to serve as a warning about the current state of the world and the result of the rise of racism, fascism, and nationalism.
VERDICT Those who relish history and photography will appreciate this eloquent and artistic work.

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