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5.0 out of 5 stars History in perspective, 1 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: Challenge to Civilization: The History of the 20th Century: 1952-1999: 1952-1999 Vol 3 (History of the 20th Century 3) (Paperback)
This, the third book of Martins Gilbert's excellent narrative history takes the reader to the end of the Century. To read all three books back to back was hard going, but well worth it, as I now have a much more informed idea as to how the last century fell into place. Why the First and Second World Wars were to some extent inevitable, the rise and fall of the British and Russian Empires, and to someone born in the middle of the 1970s what actually happened in the 60s?!
You soon get used to the way Gilbert writes about each year, moving around the world to get a truly global perspective. The amount of information in this book, as in the other two, is quite staggering, and will leave the reader remembering bizzare facts like when the Boeing 707 made its maiden flight. Gilbert allows the reader to see the latter half of the Twentieth Century from many different perspectives, from world leader to common soldier, and in doing so gives the reader every opportunity to understand the complexities of the Century of Refugees.
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