A long and dangerous period of conflict and clashing ideologies ended rather quickly—to the surprise of gloomy experts and analysts. Why? Who played the decisive role?

Set in Japan, Stephanie Scott’s impressive first novel concerns a daughter who starts asking questions after learning that her mother was murdered 20 years before.

Ordinary people did not desire another war. The Nazis prodded Germans with propaganda. Britons concluded that anyone who sought a replay were plainly not only bad but mad.

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