Author(s): Derek Leebaert
Only in times of great change can a superpower be challenged. But with Europe in turmoil, Russia newly belligerent, and the world's great superpower tied up with unrest in the Middle East, it finally seemed to be the right time to throw down the gauntlet. That year, 1956, America made the decision to confront Britain and take up the mantle of world affairs.
American historian Derek Leebaert spins a riveting global narrative of secret ties, diplomatic quarrels and military interventions, featuring fresh encounters with such political giants as Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson. In a volatile world of decolonization, Zionism, proxy wars and the Suez Crisis, we witness the development of the special relationship ', rising tensions with Russia and China, and ultimately the shaping of the modern world. Not only that, but this forgotten story provides a vital insight into the changing might of nations today and the superpowers of tomorrow.