Book information: London: Pan Books, 2015. 437 pages. 20cm.
Hardly could anyone of us imagine how gloomy during the first year after the end of the Second World War, the bloodiest war ever in history. Gun shootings and violent slaughters had most fallen silent at the heartland of Europe and East Asia, when citizens wondered how the plummeting economies could ever be revived, wondered when they would be no longer embroiled in mass starvation. This book, nonetheless suggests that 1946 was not only a year of overwhelming pessimism, but also a year of the beginning of an extraordinary postwar decade, a decade full of dramatic events that shaped the whole world in the latter half of the 20th century.