Born in 1917, Robert Conquest, along with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis. Thom Gunn and others, was a leading member of the so-called Movement. After distinguished service in the war, he became a diplomat and served as Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter. He is perhaps best known for his work as a historian, being one of the first to expose the whole truth about the Soviet regime.
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia and author of "Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar;" and the bestselling "Young Stalin, " awarded the 2007 Costa Biography Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.