This title takes readers on an eccentric journey through extraordinary, heroic and seminal episodes, from the storming of Beijing by the Japanese in 1937, to Rudolph Hess's 1941 'mission of peace' in Scotland, to Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who almost killed Hitler in 1944.
Edwin Kiester Jr has written 12 books and more than 2000 magazine articles covering history, biography, science and education, among other topics. His article on the influenza pandemic of 1918 received a Matrix award in 2004. His articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Parade and many other publications. He holds a degree in history and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.