20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2002
I remember that history was one of my least interested and weakest subjects when I was in junior secondary school. It's not until recently that I started to realize I should know more about what's going on in the world. And I bought this book.
This 450-page book consists of 27 chapters, grouped in 5 parts, namely The Framework of the Century, The Eurocentric World 1900-1945, The Cold War 1945-1900, The Wider World, and finally Envoi.
Part 1 is an overall review of the century from different points of views, science, technology, economy, politics, culture and art. This gives you a very brief yet concise idea of what the century is like, what happened, and what were eventually the consequences.
Part 2, a very exciting part, tells about the politic and military situations in the two world wars.
Part 3 is on the post-war period after the second World War. This tells you about the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and its influences.
Part 4 is dedicated to the development of areas other than Europe and the U.S. If you are interested in the history of a specific area other than those dominant countries in the century, or if you would like to look wider than just those countries, this part surely gives you what you want.
And finally Part 5 concludes the 20th century and looks forward to the 21st century.
This book did a very good job in trying to gather different opinions. The 27 chapters were actually written by 26 leading professionals, including Nobel prize winner Steven Weinberg. As each chapter is dedicated to one particular interest, you can easily jump to where you are interested - if that's what you prefer.
In conclusion, this book is a very good choice for anyone, even idiots and dummies, who want to widen their world view and know more about the 20th century, a remarkable century in human history that makes today's world the way it is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
I purchased the book for a closer study of the 20th century and it is a quality publication including input from respected scholars on the topic. A small issue: the font is rather small and printed on lesser quality paper making reading some of the sections rather tedious. Apart from that it is a great book for reference and study.
on 18 March 2013
As part of a history assignment I needed to look at the causes of the Cold War. There is so much information out there, it is hard to keep on track and stay focused on the subject. What I do love about this book is the fluidity of the text. It really makes the Cold War clearer to understand and evaluate. Although the text is small, I read the relevant chapters for my assignment and then found myself wondering off into other chapters. It really is so very easy to read and reading it doesn't feel like I am doing any work, which is always a benefit! ;)