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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349139091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349139098
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.2 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hobsbawm wrote with extraordinary wit, grace and power, qualities evident in this posthumously published collection (Richard J Evans Guardian)

Reveals on every page [Hobsbawm's] characteristic boldness of interpretation, astonishing range and versatility (Fractured Times)

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An engaging and provocative look at culture, from one of our best-known historians.

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So much of written and spoken opinion is an "off the peg" product of the supeficial journalism of the day. How much more impressive and interesting to read the works of an original mind and a perceptive eye. This is the best read I have had in a long time. I found it intensely interesing , enjoyable and unputdownable. If you wish to get away from the hackneyed cliche then buy it. You will not be disappointed
We lost a great deal when the Grim Reaper collected the author as he sadly did so very recently
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I must object about the previous review - the clue is in the title - "Society in the Twentieth Century" so pre bank crisis. A good collection, wise words.
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By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 May 2013
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Each year-end, The Economist runs a special double edition to tide us over the festive season. It features, in amongst the usual news coverage, numerous learned and erudite articles covering a plethora of subjects, covering arcane zones of history, food, culture, politics, the human condition and more. This publication is my benchmark for general interest magazines. It was also my benchmark for judging this collection of essays by the distinguished historian Eric Hobsbawm who, despite his Marxist views, received a laudatory obituary from The Economist itself, the house magazine of liberal capitalism.

Unfortunately, my expectations, based upon his history books, were not fulfilled.

It's quite difficult to specify why. The fact that I hadn't heard of some of the people who are his subjects almost certainly had no bearing, nor that some of his subject matter, particularly opera, exists in an area I normally label "not interested". There are ways these things can be interesting. Here it's hard work.

Sometimes, certainly, Hobsbawm seems to have been showing off a little, scattering obscure quotations in amongst his text, but it's not their obscurity but their failure to add much that stands out. He makes a good point about our ability still to be able to read a printed text published in the 17th century and our inability to read an electronic one produced less than twenty years ago due to our loss of the appropriate software (I'm personally struggling to retrieve files from the mid-nineties in Word!), but it only needed saying once. This and other repetitions are due, of course, to the nature of many of the essays as originally talks given at the Salzburg festival, where his audience from year to year may not notice. His reading audience will be more aware.
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Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century by E Hobsbawm

The kindle price for this book is outrageous, albeit that it's said to be set by the publisher. It exceeds your price for the hardback edition. Why do you allow the publisher to dictate your e-book retail price? With your market power you should refuse to publish such a rip off. You wouldn't even lose a sale because if a reader wants it badly enough, he'll buy the printed version. Kindle books should always be much cheaper than printed books. Not only are the production costs less, but the price doesn't even buy ownership of the book. Amazon can simply disconnect or erase it and, of course, you can't lend it a friend.

I also agree that it's not even an original work, but a re-hash of old essays. It's not worth a penny more than $9.99.

Michal Lewi
Perth, Western Australia
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