Seventy-five years after the Second World War ended, have we gained enough perspective to understand how it changed the World? In The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), respected English historian Keith Lowe answers this question by taking us through the lives of twenty four men and women whom the war changed forever. Some are well known, like Eugene Rabinowich, the Manhattan Project chemist whose troubled conscience led him to found The Bulletin of the Atomic Scentists. Others you may never have heard of: Waruhiu Itote, a Kikuyu tribesman, became, successively, a British Army soldier, a Mau Mau terrorist, an advisor to the President of Kenya, and an apostle of reconciliation. The common theme is the war’s astonishing transformative power, for better and worse, over men and women of every age, background, class, race and nation. This is, in breadth and depth, truly a global survey. It addresses the whole range of the war’s political, social, cultural and psychological aftereffects on victors and vanquished, and in lands far from the battlefields where war’s impact was nevertheless large. You will leave this study group with a profoundly enhanced understanding of the consequences of history’s largest conflict.