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Brief Encounter: Antony Beevor

The historian answers 12 questions

By Prospect Team   December 2016

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What is the first historical event you can recall?

The invasion of Egypt in 1956 during the Suez crisis. I was nine years old and I remember fervent discussions with other boys over the possibility of war with the Soviet Union. One of them, whose father commanded the Black Watch, claimed that at least this time we would have the Germans on our side!

What is the book you are most embarrassed you never read?

Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. I…

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