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5.0 out of 5 stars Bomb Shell Reading, 17 May 1999
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This review is from: Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Paperback)
This book literally changed my life, in good ways and bad. Eksteins is a great writer. He weaves everything together in ways previously unthinkable. However, because Eksteins blends history and art so much, we have to ask if humans can ever observe true reality at all. A must read, and I have to give a shout out to all my Rites of Spring home boys. One's life is simply not complete until they read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eksteins proves himself to be a truely dynamic author, 17 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Paperback)
I read this book for an upper level history class at school. I couldn't put it down for the life of me. From cover to cover, Eksteins proves himself as an excellent author of cultural history: Rites of Spring gives an excellent perspective of why Germany is the nation that it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe the best history book i've ever read, 11 Feb 2010
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an absolutely incredible read. apart from the first chapter, i was absolutely gripped and devoured this in quick-time. a fascinating and convincing explanation of the shattering effects of WW1 on the psyche and body politic of europe. For anybody perplexed as to the barbarous nature of WW2, and the continuing (apparent?) decline in standards of decency and the rise of superficial consumerist philistinism, this really is THE place to start. I have read countless history books, but cannot recommend this one highly enough.
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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins (Paperback - 31 Dec 1990)
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