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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars


on 18 October 2017
Good Product.
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on 29 July 2014
Peter Watson has such a breadth of knowledge it's awe -inspiring. He really does survey the scene in a coherent and focused way. Takes time to read; short sections need to be digested. Certainly can't be read like a best seller but well worth the effort.
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on 23 October 2011
Don't know what everyone else is saying, this book provides an utterly superb introduction to the ideas and thinkers and movements of the modern age, a great springboard to works and ideas you otherwise might never encounter.

Highly recommended.
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on 2 January 2014
This is a discovery browsing a public library in a small suburb of a small but civilized city of Adelaide, and after reading so many books of modern history, this one encompass all aspects of human ideas from science, politics, religion, historical events, economics, trivia, literature, poetry, music art and all what makes our lives so interesting and rich. The Western world could not have had a better summarising writer with knowledge, non unsympathetic but not excessively admiring all aspects of our culture. I highly recommend to all.
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on 15 June 2001
Reading this book is like listening to one of Mozart's string quartets played by a few beginning saxophone students. Sure, you might recognize the significance of the content, but the execution leaves you longing for a performance commensurate with its substance. I found myself continually putting it down and returning to other books on my shelf, such as Everdell's "The First Moderns" or Schorske's "Fin de Siècle Vienna."
In all fairness though, Watson's book is remarkably ambitious in its attempt to cover the entire scope of twentieth century intellectual history in one volume. Undertaking this daunting task alone merits a few stars. The author's apparent breadth of knowledge is impressive and it was somewhat nice to read a broad work on a subject so prone to esoteric treatment. Watson's book brings needed perspective. I learned some things reading it, but I would not want my students to model his writing. The word "encyclopedic," used elsewhere in reference to this book, is an accurate description--for better or for worse.
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on 27 April 2012
I was first introduced to this book through my local library.It was so absorbing exciting and interesting to read that I needed to purchased it and I now use it as a reference book For any one that has an enquiring mind it is a must Its attraction is the diverse amount of the subject matter from the discoveries of this century to the origins of the universe The way in which it is written subject by subject allows you to pick it up at any chapter which is like reading a small book each time you pick it up Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
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on 29 January 2016
Brilliant service! 10/10
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