Anthony Beevor has gained much acclaim for his publication of various popular histories including a focus on the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War. Beevor trained at the RMA Sandhurst, becoming an officer for five years before he resigned his commission. Of his change in career, he says “I decided to start writing mainly because my mother’s family had been writers for the last six generations. I could hardly ascribe the inspiration for this rather dramatic change to ancestor worship, but it certainly played a part. With the innocent arrogance of youth, I felt sufficiently confident despite a complete lack of qualifications.” It was a wise career move; Beevor’s book The Second World War is being translated into 21 languages and topped the best-seller list in Britain and four other countries.