Thinking the Twentieth Century

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Penguin, Feb 2, 2012 - History - 432 pages
17 Reviews
"Ideas crackle" in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on "a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought.” (Los Angeles Times)
 
One of our most brilliant historians, Tony Judt brings the past century vividly to life in this unprecedented and original history. Structured as a series of intimate conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, Thinking the Twentieth Century presents the triumphs and the failures of the twentieth century's most prominent intellectuals and their ideas, guiding readers through the debates that defined our world. Spanning an era with unprecedented clarity and insight, Thinking the Twentieth Century is a tour de force: a masterful analysis of the life of the mind and an unforgettable guide to leading the mindful life.

  

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User Review  - Jonfaith - Goodreads

Rigging the past is the oldest form of knowledge control: If you have power over the interpretation of what went before (or can simply lie about it), the present and the future are at your disposal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe Noteboom - Goodreads

Really interesting, full of ideas. To be sure, many of them probably went over my head. It seemed to be a pretty good survey of 20th century Europe from an intellectual perspective. I found the ... Read full review

Contents

JEWISH QUESTIONER
ENGLISH WRITER
POLITICAL MARXIST
CAMBRIDGE ZIONIST
FRENCH INTELLECTUAL
EAST EUROPEAN LIBERAL
EUROPEAN HISTORIAN
AMERICAN MORALIST
SOCIAL DEMOCRAT
AFTERWORD Tony Judt Works Discussed
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the author or editor of fifteen books, including The Memory Chalet and Postwar, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was the director and founder of the Remarque Institute and a professor at New York University.   Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of five award-winning books, most recently Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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