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  • Paperback: 870 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised edition (1 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060935502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060935504
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A history of the world since World War I discusses the scientific, economic, political, and philosophical forces that have shaped our lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 1999
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This is possibly the most interesting historical book around. Even those who are not interested in history will enjoy this book.
The massive scope of this work is impressive. The two areas that remain with me, years after reading this book are,
1. The further reinforcement of the notion of "Man's Inhumanity to Man". That man, when left to his own resources, without social restraint, will behave more beastly than any animal. I like to suppose that we can rise above that...but as this book shows, as societies have moved to be more democratic, ruled not by monarchies but by common man, we have become more barbaric.
2. The utter failure of the communist movement...the misguided beginnings, the continued mistakes, blunders...an elitist group of intellectuals who had no faith in the common man; just how non-communist the communist regime was...and this work was written before the demise of the communist world. How interesting it would have been if this book concluded just a few years later.
This book would be great for anyone who desires to spark the interest of history in those who have no desire to study it....(i.e., history teachers and their bored students)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1998
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Paul Johnson is the thinking conservative's historian. In "Modern Times" (the book that Dan Quayle read!), Mr. Johnson undertakes the huge task of illuminating the political, militaristic and philosophical underpinnings of the 20th century up to the Kennedy era. As the book progresses, Johnson's focus shifts away from the Weltenschauung of Western Europe and Russia towards that of the United States. One gets the impression that Mr. Johnson became disillusioned with Europe after the wars and turned to the U.S. in hope of its role in maintaining the "right" world order. His personal political views also begin to emerge gradually, and culminate in a diatribe on the Kennedy era. Despite its flaws, the book captured me immediately and held me, despite my more liberal views, to the end. It may be a good example of bias in the historian's art, but is nevertheless a great read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 1999
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Paul Johnson combines two qualities hard to find in today's historical works - readability and a theocentric world view. He challenges the reader to interpret the facts honestly, abandoning past stereotypes and biases. A fascinating overview of our century. I hope it's updated for the rest of the 1990's. A must read for anyone with an interest in modern history. Secular humanists may not like some of Johnson's conclusions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 26 Jan 2014
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A momentous project-painstakingly researched and vast in scope with attention to detail this is one of the best one volume books covering the world history of the 20th century.
A conservative perspective and therefore unlikely to be recommended reading in most university courses, which is all the more reason to read it, because it covers facts and truths that your professors in university never taught you.
Dissects the monsters of the twentieth century, such as Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and Idi Amin and their hellish tyrannies.
And the author illustrates how these blood soaked despots operated.
Lenin showed his psychopathic nature before he seized power. At 22 he dissuaded friends from collecting money for the victims of famine on the theory that hunger performs a 'progressive function' and would drive the peasants to 'reflect on the fundamental facts of capitalist society'.
It takes an evil mind to think like this.
The Bolsheviks exploited the tensions between urban and rural populations, as a prelude to the mass killing of peasants in their hideously named 'Dekulakization drive'
Johnson reflects how 'No man personifies better the replacement of the religious impulse by the will to power" than Lenin.
Effectively Stalin was carrying on the work created by Lenin,
As regards Hitler, his philosophy was in fact in some degree also influenced by Lenin "There is no essential difference between class warfare and race warfare. between destroying a class. Between destroying a class and destroying a race. Thus the modern practise of genocide was born'.

Churchill pointed out in 1919 how of all the tyrannies in history the Bolshevik tyranny is the worst, the most destructive and most degrading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 1999
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This is simply one of the best and most important works of history I have ever read. Mr. Johnson is an excellent writer, one of the best writers of history there is. Mr. Johnson understands the world, understands why the tragedies of the past seventy years happened, and he is not afraid to name names. Many persons who are generally presented as heroes in other histories and the mainstream media are not presented as such here. This history is not for the faint of heard, be prepared to have many of your closely held beliefs questioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Birolli on 14 April 2014
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Paul Johnson is a talented writer and pens his books in a style and format that crosses the boundary between History and Journalism. The effect is to bring history alive for the masses and for those who might normally dismiss history as dull

Even those who are not interested in history will enjoy this book.The massive scope of this work is impressive.
This book would be great for anyone who desires to spark the interest of history in those who have no desire to study it....(i.e., history teachers and their bored students)

Paul Johnson combines two qualities hard to find in today's historical works - readability and a theocentric world view. He challenges the reader to interpret the facts honestly, abandoning past stereotypes and biases. A fascinating overview of our century. I hope it's updated for the rest of the 1990's. A must read for anyone with an interest in modern history. Secular humanists may not like some of Johnson's conclusions.
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