The Greatest Day in History charts the events leading up to Armistice Day 1918, the
day the First World War finally came to an end. Everyone remembered where they were
on 11 November 1918, from Marlene Dietrich in Berlin and Gandhi on his sick bed to
Charles de Gaulle in a German prison camp.
Eamon de Valera was in Lincoln Gaol. The Kaiser was in Holland, fending off an assault
by the British ambassador's wife. Private Erich Maria Remarque was strutting about
in an officer's uniform. General Ludendorff was fleeing Berlin in dark glasses and
a false beard.
As for Harry Truman, he was firing off the last of his ammunition before joining
the celebrations on the front line...
'This volume sets an example that will be hard to equal... Reading it is like looking
into a photograph album full of vivid snaps of the world taken during a week of high
tension, crisis, celebration, tragedy and illusion'
'Scintillating... a miscellany of tragedy mixed with delight'