These essays now reprinted and prefaced by Jonathan Haslam, E.H. Carr's biographer, give the reader a representative sample of Carr's interests over several decades. They include fascinating picture portraits of figures, both major and minor, from the 19th and 20th centuries, some of whom he knew firsthand. The reader will also find studied reflection on the major events and their impact including the Paris peace settlement of 1919 and the legacy of Stalin in Russian history. Carr is always lucid, with a taste for controversy. Novices, fans and critics alike will not be disappointed.