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Year Zero: A History of 1945 Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848879369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848879362
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buruma s book is a study of the mess that the world was in 1945, a mess we choose largely not to remember. It is also a brief but valuable study of how that mess began to be cleaned up. It gives us, too, simple lessons, both touching and terrifying, about how human beings are and can be... Excellent and lucid --David Aaronovitch, The Times



Ian Buruma s wonderful book is about a time, immediately after the end of the war, which has somehow fallen between the cracks of history, and which the author has now devastatingly brought to light... A compelling and astounding addition to the literature of the war Daily Mail
A superbly written chronicle of the conflict s bittersweet aftermath --Ian Thomson, Observer



Brilliant... Year Zero is a major acheivement, a book of many parts, which commemorates a generation, as they stood on the brink of an unknown future Joanna Kavenna, Spectator
Moving and excellent --Neal Ascherson, Guardian



Ian Buruma s elegant and humane new book illuminates one of the most important modern historical moments: the spring and summer of 1945, immediately after the second world war --Rana Mitter, Financial Times



Buruma excels as a social historian of the aftermath of the war... It is hard to overstate Buruma's accomplishment in crafting the first truly worldwide account of perceptions and experiences in the pivotal years after the guns had fallen silent... Outstanding --Prospect



Ian Buruma s lively new history, Year Zero, is about the various ways in which the aftermath of the Good War turned out badly for many people, and splendidly for some who didn't deserve it. It is enriched by his knowledge of six languages, a sense of personal connection to the era and his understanding of this period --Adam Hochschild, New York Times



It is well written and researched, full of little-known facts and incisive political analysis. What makes it unique among hundreds of other works written about this period is that it gives an overview of the effects of the war and liberation, not only in Europe, but also in Asia --Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

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This sweeping, boldly original book describes the violence, racketeering and retroactive justice as well as the hope and optimism that erupted at the end of the Second World War.

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