The World After the War

Pages: 624
Subject: Politics, History
Imprint: Oneworld

The World After the War

America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945–1957

Derek Leebaert

The true story of the British Empire's fall and America's rise in the aftermath of World War II
9781786070968 (1 Nov 2018)
RRP £25.00

The Book

Only in times of great change can a superpower be challenged. But with Europe in turmoil, Russia newly belligerent, and the world's great superpower tied up with unrest in the Middle East, it finally seemed to be the right time to throw down the gauntlet. That year, 1956, America made the decision to confront Britain and take up the mantle of world affairs.

American historian Derek Leebaert spins a riveting global narrative of secret ties, diplomatic quarrels and military interventions, featuring fresh encounters with such political giants as Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson. In a volatile world of decolonization, Zionism, proxy wars and the Suez Crisis, we witness the development of the ‘special relationship', rising tensions with Russia and China, and - ultimately - the shaping of the modern world. Not only that, but this forgotten story provides a vital insight into the changing might of nations today - and the superpowers of tomorrow.

Additional Information

Subject Politics, History
Pages 624
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Derek Leebaert is the author of several books on American history and foreign policy, a subject he taught at Georgetown University for fifteen years. Between 2013 and 2015, he was an adviser to Obama's secretary of defense Chuck Hagel. He lives in Washington, DC.


‘Derek Leebaert is a Cold War historian of the first rank as well as a spellbinding narrator. But his greatest virtue as a scholar and author is a dogged pursuit of what really happened even, or especially, when it contradicts conventional wisdom.'

- Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, University of Pennsylvania