Vibrantly and sympathetically told, this is the story of one remarkable year - a capsule history of exhilarating triumphs and shattering defeats around the world.
'Vivid, powerful and panoramic ... I loved it.' Dominic Sandbrook
1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century. All across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom.
In response to these unprecedented challenges to their authority, those in power fought back, in a desperate bid to shore up their position. It was an epic contest, and one which made 1956 - like 1789 and 1848 - a year that changed our world.
Simon Hall studied history at Sheffield and Cambridge, and held a Fox International Fellowship at Yale, before moving to the University of Leeds in 2003 to teach American history. His previous books include Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s and American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties.