Fascinating take on what WWII meant at its end to the world. The author’s premise is that the world changed irrevocably, as it had not in the past. This was written in 1978. The Cold War was still in play, China was a minor power, eastern Europe seemed stuck in time. The author does draw attention to the time span that he was looking at. He compares what happened in 30 years after other cataclysmic events: Napolean, WWI, Franco-Prussian War, Thirty Years War, and finds that after those events the world settled back in very quickly. WWII turned it upside down. He is an unapologetic fan of Churchill, who he feels is the greatest statesman of the 20thcentury. He compares all the major players of the War. What I liked most about this book is that it did capture a snapshot in time, the late 1970’s. No one foresaw the fast demise of the Soviet Union, the equally rapid rise of China, or a democratic Central and Eastern Europe. If you grew up in the 20th century in eastern Europe you looked West for salvation, but only saw the dominance of the East. Those people waited a long time.