Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Eighties

By Paul Johnson
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37.88 Hours 10/01/1993 unabridged
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Earning the eleventh spot on National Review’s list of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Century, this fast-paced, all-encompassing narrative history covers the great events, ideas, and personalities of the six decades following the end of World War I, and offers a full-scale—if controversial—analysis of how the modern age came into being and where it is heading. Beginning on May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein’s theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of “Old Europe,” the Arcadian twenties, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the ’29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

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Summary

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A New York Times Best Book

National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

Earning the eleventh spot on National Review’s list of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Century, this fast-paced, all-encompassing narrative history covers the great events, ideas, and personalities of the six decades following the end of World War I, and offers a full-scale—if controversial—analysis of how the modern age came into being and where it is heading.

Beginning on May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein’s theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of “Old Europe,” the Arcadian twenties, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the ’29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Truly a distinguished work of history…We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book.” New York Times Book Review
“We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book.”  New York Times Book Review 
“Frequently surprises, even startles us with new views of past events and fresh looks at the characters of the chief world movers and shakers, in politics, the military, economics, science, religion, and philosophy of six decades.” Wall Street Journal
“Johnson’s insights are often brilliant and of value in their startling freshness.” Los Angeles Times

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Author

Author Bio: Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 37.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English