On the shelf: Bleak aftermath


Viking, £25

Savage Continent is Keith Lowe's revealing and comprehensive account of the ravaged state of Europe in the wake of the Second World War. Lowe shows how the "peace", for many, was anything but. The continent was blighted by starvation, poverty, violence and lawlessness. The book paints a vivid picture of the rocky road that eventually led to stability.

    Last updated: 7:23pm, May 10 2012