Eugen Weber served in the British Army during the Second World War and was educated at Cambridge and at the Paris Institut d'études politiques. Until his retirement he held the Joan Palevsky Chair of Modern European History at UCLA. Author of a dozen books, Weber also wrote and narrated a fifty-two part PBS series, The Western Tradition. He died in 2007, aged 82.
'A brilliantly entertaining and profound study of apocalypses throughout history, written by one of the world's most eminent historians. Hugely entertaining...bristling with insight... A brilliant work' - Literary Review