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The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Peter Watson

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Title:The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
Authors:Peter Watson
Info:Harper Perennial (2002), Paperback, 864 pages
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A beast of a book. I spent a month happily browsing this man's extraordinary knowledge and reading about 750 pages. In areas where I have some knowledge, he is quite good. His handle on the WWI poets and the post WWll foreign movies is excellent, He introduced me to many scientists and their effects on our lives.
He is absolutely correct in dismissing Freud and Marx. ( )
  annbury | May 28, 2017 |
Imagine a book that gives a paragraph to every person in the 20th Century. Or at least to everyone who got his name in the news for more than a day: scientists, writers, philosophers, artists, you name it. All are here in this fatboy of a book weighing in at 800 plus pages. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
A marvelous intellectual history of the 20th century. Amazingly he gets it right: Marx and Freud have nothing to say to us. ( )
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
I loved reading this account of art, music, literature, science, and society across the 20th century. Watson finds that the idea of evolution perhaps had the single greatest impact on 20th century thought. On the down side, one can often judge such broad-ranging books by what they say about your own areas of expertise, which in my case is economics, and I found Watson's account of economic ideas to be rather dated and with gaping holes in the historical account. ( )
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Interviewed on BBC television in 1997, shortly before his death, Sir Isaiah Berlin, the Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas, was asked what had been the most surprising thing about his long life.
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Sometimes published in two volumes in translation, and by the Folio Society; if sequenced with "Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud" these volumes may be numbered 3 and 4 (or just 3 in single-volume editions).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060084383, Paperback)

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the twentieth century, and the men and women who created it.

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Presents a survey of the ideas, discoveries, individuals, and cultural expressions that comprise the intellectual history of the twentieth century.

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