Richard Overy's The Morbid Age opens a window onto the creative but anxious period between the First and Second World Wars. British intellectual life between the wars stood at the heart of modernity; it was the golden age of the public intellectual and scientist: Arnold Toynbee, Aldous and Julian Huxley, H. G. Wells, Marie Stopes and a host of others. Yet, as Richard Overy argues, a striking characteristic of so many of the ideas that emerged from this new age - from eugenics to the Freudian unconscious, to modern ideas of pacifism and world government - was the fear that the West was faced a dystopian future of war, economic collapse and racial degeneration. Brilliantly evoking a Britain of BBC radio lectures, public debates, peace demonstrations, pamphleteers, psychoanalysts, anti-fascist volunteers, sex education manuals and science fiction, The Morbid Age reveals a time at once different from, and yet surprisingly similar to, our own. History at its best . ( Economist ). The carefree image of life in Britain between the wars is overturned in this magnificent account . (Peter Preston, Observer ). It is hard to imagine anyone recording these times more exactly and more intelligently, or with greater insight and scholarship, than Overy has . (Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph ). With learning, lucidity and wit, The Morbid Age ...brilliantly describes the sense of an inevitably approaching catastrophe . (Eric Hobsbawm, London Review of Books ). Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His books include Why the Allies Won , Russia's War , The Battle of Britain and The Dictators , which won the Wolfson and the Hessell Tiltman Prizes for history in 2005.