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by Tony Judt, Timothy Snyder

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Title:Thinking the Twentieth Century: Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century
Authors:Tony Judt
Other authors:Timothy Snyder
Info:William Heinemann (2012), Hardcover, 432 pages
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A pleasant journey through the delusional world of the intellectual mind, replete with straw men, ad hominem attacks, and hackneyed economic theory. A good case of Bush Derangement Syndrome adds a bit of humor to an otherwise waste of reading time. ( )
  4bonasa | May 4, 2013 |
Babelia's Book of the Year (2012)
  beabatllori | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is a dense, yet conversational view of the history of the 20th century and the modern world. Judt relates a personal story of his childhood and early life, and then uses this as a background for a broad historical view of the circumstances which shaped and defined modern Europe. Snyder, a fine historian in his own right, acts as a good counterpoint in this dialogue.

These include the actions and reactions of various radical ideologies (Fascism, communism, their differences), the motivations and analysis of various political and economic thinkers (Keynes, Hayek, Lenin), and reactions and descriptions of events as they happened. They cover a lot, and with great detail. The state of Israel, the Hungarian Uprising, Vietnam, a proto-Fascism developing in the United States, and so forth.

I was surprised and saddened to hear that Judt passed away in 2010. I was dazzled by Postwar, his history of Europe post-1945, and was completely unaware of the news. It's heartening, though, to have his legacy go on, and men like Snyder who will come after. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Written as Tim Snyder interviewing Tony Judt, this is the latter's informal analysis of the most important trends of twentieth-century Western intellectual history. It is also a plea for Judt's political philosophy in support of well regulated capitalism with strong social welfare programs--the programs of most European social democrats. The depth of learning, breadth of analysis, economic and moral seriousness, and sophistication of view exhibited by both Judt and Snyder left me in awe. How lucky we are that Snyder was able to capture such superb insights from the dying Tony Judt. ( )
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"Not only academics and fans of Judt, but also those who enjoy the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker will flock to read it. Highly recommended."
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Thinking the Twentieth Century maps the issues and concerns of a turbulent age onto a life of intellectual conflict and engagement. Tony Judt presents the triumphs and the failures of prominent intellectuals, adeptly explaining both their ideas and the risks of their political commitments.--[book jacket]… (more)

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