In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Fascinating, informative, sometimes exhilarating, often painful, and quite impossible to summarise... This is a splendidly panoramic picture of our common European home, a book to read through and then to dip into frequently... I thoroughly recommend his book" (Allan Massie Literary Review)
"A broader travelling history of the whole of Europe's 20th century. As befits a journalist with an eye for bad news, he also has much more to say on its calamitous first half than on its more successful second half... Mr Mak tells this part of the story vividly and in great, gory detail, moving from grim fields of battle (Verdun, Stalingrad) to places of revolution (Petrograd, Berlin), and on to ghastly charnel-houses of death and destruction (Auschwitz, Dresden)" (Economist)
"An ingenious geographical-chronological structure... It's impossible not to get drawn into this book" (Noel Malcolm Sunday Telegraph)
"The pace rarely slackens and every page sparkles with insight" (Herald)
"In Europe is not so much a work of history, nor is it strictly a travelogue of the present; it is part of a growing genre that is sometimes referred to as the 'history of the present', but might just as well be the 'presence of the past'. It is undoubtedly a spectacular and beautifully crafted piece of such writing" (Isabella Thomas Sunday Times)
A spellbinding history of 20th-century Europe that has the scope, pace and same capacity to delight as that of any epic novel.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
What's outstanding about this book is the quality of the writing (and the translation too). Mak is able to distil complex events into fascinating pieces of writing and he regularly personalises situations that otherwise could seem too vague. I was particularly moved by the chapters on the First World War where he quoted various young men who were part of the fighting on both sides and showed that, for the individuals involved in the war, events were seen very differently from those in overall charge.
In this book Mak often quotes short phrases in German which aren't translated and could cause some trouble for those who don't speak German; however most other languages have some kind of translation where they occur.
This is a very big book and it's not something that you want to read through continuously. However I found myself dipping into it on a regular basis, 3-4 chapters at a time, and I always enjoyed it.Read more ›
This book had me engrossed from the start, even though the enormity was daunting simply because it is so vast, but I found that it was no chore at all thanks to the style of writing (bravo to the translator!) being so friendly and ultimately such a great travelogue. I found that one chapter led to another... and another... and another... and then all 66 chapters had gone. What a journey!
A minor issue to raise, though. I wish there could be an updated epilogue, because the release date of this great book was very unfortunate indeed - it goes up to 2007, just before the crash of 2008, so the author leaves us with a somewhat optimistic and rose-tinted vision of European integration. Ireland is at full employment and constructing great buildings at full speed, Italy is an ever-growing economic miracle, Spain is on the up and up, the new member states are trying to fit in...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book! history written with a flow allowing the reader to grasp the events and their causes without pain of memorising dates, excellent!Published 2 months ago by jor
Interesting round up of Europe in the 20th Century. Bit dull in places and very small print! bit worring when you realise you can rember the events from the 50ties onwards!Published 3 months ago by David S
Utterly brilliant -a sympathetic,comprehensive and immensely readable and enjoyable book!Published 7 months ago by Sylvia M Kennedy
I can recommend this book, anyone with an interest in modern european history will be impressed.
Also available in Dutch
It doesn't matter that I took so long discover this marvellous book - if you've only just come across it, don't hesitate to read it, even if you only have a remote interest in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by esterhazy47
Bought as a replacement. Excellent book. Fascinating and very well writtenPublished 12 months ago by Peter K
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Britain & Ireland > Edwardian and Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > Britain & Ireland > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > Essays, Journals, Letters & True Accounts > 20th Century
- Books > History > Europe > Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > Europe > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > North America > Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > North America > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > World History > 1901-1913
- Books > History > World History > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > Travel & Holiday > Countries & Regions > Europe
- Books > Travel & Holiday > Travel Writing