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on 8 March 1998
Anyone who is interested in the 20th century history must read this book as the first step towards understanding this age of EXTREMES.If it is the details that attracts you, you can always look for other sources. However, if you make this one your guide-light, it will be much easier to figure out the facts.
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on 18 December 1998
This book is for the non-academic. His audience is the average person interested in modern history. He eschews the footnotes and scholarly references.
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on 23 August 2012
It is beyond me how one can write a book called "the age of extremes:1914-1991" without talking of the suffering caused by communism.

for a better book, see Francoit Furet, the passing of an illusion.
In that book Furet (once a communist) analyses people like Hobsbawm. How could intellectuals be so blinded by communism...
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on 13 November 1997
This is a masterpiece, a modern classic. What more can you say about a book like this? After I read this one I was convinced: Professor Hobsbawn IS the best historian alive.
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on 27 July 1998
This book is must because of Eric Hobsbawm's understanding of History. And, because of the way he writes, his understanding becomes your understanding.
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on 9 June 1998
This book is strongly recommended to anyone who has an interest in what it all means, and a bit of the bigger picture of what has happened this last century. The author is truly amazing - I don't know how anyone can know this much stuff and make sense of it.
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