Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was born in Cairo and educated in Paris, Milan, London and the USA. He obtained his PhD under Eric Hobsbawm’s supervision. His landmark books, which include One Hundred Years of Socialism, Mona Lisa, Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism and The Culture of the Europeans, have been translated into 15 languages. In 2019, he won the Acqui Award of History (Premio Acqui Storia) for lifetime achievement in the field of history.
His book Morbid Symptoms, published in February 2019, is an Italian bestseller and dazzling polemic about all that is going wrong in the world and the manifest iniquities of 21st century market liberalism. Donald’s new book, The Anxious Triumph, a history of global capitalism from 1880 to 1914, will be published by Penguin Press in the UK in June 2019.