Following the illuminating first-hand revelations about the war in Europe and the Middle East compiled in "Witness to War", Richard Aldrich now taps into another huge variety of diarists to explore the Second World War in the Pacific. From the dramatic bombing of Pearl Harbor to the devastating moment when the atomic bomb was dropped upon Hiroshima, the war is brought to life through the diaries of people on all sides, with events recorded as they happened and drawn into a chronological account of the war by Aldrich's expert month-by-month commentary. "The Faraway War" offers a stunning and diverse range of diaries, focusing both on ordinary people, some of whose diaries are published here for the first time, and on more celebrated figures such as Evelyn Waugh, Charles Lindbergh, Harry Truman and Joyce Grenfell. With this second volume, Richard Aldrich now completes the picture that he began with "Witness to War", by creating an intimate and illuminating portrait of a whole world ravaged by war.
Richard J. Aldrich was born in 1961 and was educated at Manchester, Aberdeen and Cambridge universities. He teaches international relations at the University of Nottingham and is the author of several books, including most recently Witness to War: Diaries of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East, and The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence, which won the Donner Book Prize 2002 and was shortlisted for the Westminster Medal.