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Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century: The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind: A History Paperback – 15 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st Thus edition (15 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842124447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842124444
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 4.9 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this extremely ambitious book, Peter Watson has achieved a noteworthy success. Weaving together so many ideas and so many people responsible for them, this story of the 20th century is both informative and stimulating. It unfolds in a way that captures the reader's attention and never relinquishes its grasp. The range of topics, from the arts and sciences through philosophy and ideas, renders this work a colossal and intricate chain of events. The links are cleverly interwoven between the century's unimaginable horrors and extraordinary developments. From the characters and events which shaped Vienna for the arrival of art student Adolf Hitler in 1907, to the ongoing conflicts of the computer age, Terrible Beauty, as its title implies, demonstrates the Jekyll and Hyde nature of modern civilisation. An excellent work of reference and an exciting read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century.

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Format: Hardcover
If you are as interested in your ignorance of the world as I am then this book will demonstrate just how little you know about the world you think you know so much about. It is a heavy and at times forboding volume, but it is simply the most rewarding thing I have read in a long time.
If you are the kind of person who is often heard starting sentences, "I never realised until recently...", or, "Something I read the other day made me think...", then stop reading here and click on the "Buy this book" link. The range the author employs is nothing short of staggering - this is a history of the modern mind and covers everything you could wish to know about - but it is intensely readable.
Especially impressive here are the twists on history that give a heightened impression of what really matters; JFK's murder in dallas is mentioned only as a lead in to the groundswell that led to LBJ's welfare reforms and the emergence of the green movement; Neil Armstrong landing on the moon takes us to a long discussion on the space-race, evolutionary theory, archeology and theology. And it all hangs together superbly.
Although I am still blissfully ignorant of much of the world, having read this book I am at least better informed as to what I need to know more about.
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This is a magnificent book - a 20th century history of 'the people and ideas that shaped the modern mind.'It is not about wars,politics or governments, although these are, inevitably, in the background. The author describes,and discusses, developments through the century, in the arts - from music to photography, - the natural sciences - from anthropology to quarks -, the social sciences, philosophy, education and much else. The majority of the scene is the Western world, but other areas are not neglected.
The book is in 4 sections, each covering about a quarter of the century; 1' from Freud to Wittgenstein' 2)'from Spengler to Animal Farm', 3)'from Sartre to the Sea of Tranquility' and 4) 'from the counter culture to Kosovo'.The century opens with the stability and moral certainty of pre-1914 Europe, with Picasso, the unconscious,and natural selection;it ends with string theory, the genome project and post-modern, self-centered relativism.
Whatever age the reader may be, he/she will not fail to be entralled to discover the roots and origins of so much now taken for granted - for example, the wisdom of an Oxford Don, born in 1835,whose advice to the young William Beveridge, led later to the setting up of the British welfare state.Whether one's interest is the increasing power of science,the decline in tradition, the changes in the arts or simply the vast number of men and women, whose ideas and work have helped to bring about change - for good or bad(!),one will marvel at this book
Read - and be enthralled and educated.
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I am about two thirds of the way through this hefty book, and it is truly absorbing and intellectually stimulating. I wholly disagree with the reviewer who suggested it is disjointed. To my mind, the very opposite is true. It has been beautifully organised, and whilst each chapter can be enjoyed as a stand-alone extended essay, the author never loses his grip of a fast paced, sequential and interlinked narrative. The other thing that is exceptional is the unflagging quality and elegance of the writing. Peter Watson has a real flair for explaining complexity without over-simplifying. It is extremely well referenced and points the reader in the direction of more specialist texts on particular topics. This is also an excellent primer for anyone who is looking for "a way into" the often neglected story of science in the twentieth century, although it is just as stong on the history of the arts, politics, social sciences, cultural change etc. I can't imagine many readers of any age range, who wouldnt learn much from this book. The best compliment I can pay it is that I lost count of the number of times I wanted to take reading detours and pursue further the topics that Peter Watson had whetted my appetite with. This is a really tremendous read.
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This is an outstanding accomplishment. A comprehensive intellectual history of the 20th Century such as this is something that has so needed to be done. Watson has managed to synthesise a vast number of the intellectual threads that characterised it, and demonstrated, somewhat, the fascinating pattern of their interaction and cross fertilisation. Of course, any reader with their own special interests is going to question whether some things that are not there should be, or whether too much emphasis has been placed on this or that current of ideas. They may disagree with how some of the ideas have been presented or interpreted. But all such criticisms miss the point and are, at worst, churlish. The thing is the man has provided a map for the ideas that have shaped one century, and provides the foundation for the new one upon which we now embark. The map might not be wholly complete, or wholly accurate. Indeed such a wholly complete or accurate map might not actually be possible, given the subjective aspect of some of the terrain. But it is a map on which any thinking person can build, and through which they might attempt to balance the biases of their own intellectual predelictions.

Thus for instance, I consider myself someone with a strong Scientific background and a good grounding in traditional philosophy. I would say I am a keen 'consumer' of Art but not really an informed critic. I do have a reasonably wide and deep knowledge of music. So these were the intellectual credentials that I bought to my reading of this book. On the other hand I have next to no comprehension of economic history, sociology and cultural criticism. I have broad tastes in literature and poetry but not this author's panoramic sweep.
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