A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History

A History of the Twentieth Century The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History Martin Gilbert author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history chronicles world events year by year from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing techno

  • Title: A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History
  • Author: MartinGilbert
  • ISBN: 9780060505943
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • Martin Gilbert, author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history, chronicles world events year by year, from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing technology age, taking us through World War I to the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt as president of the United States and Hider as chancellor of Germany He continues on to docuMartin Gilbert, author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history, chronicles world events year by year, from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing technology age, taking us through World War I to the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt as president of the United States and Hider as chancellor of Germany He continues on to document wars in South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia, as well as apartheid, the arms race, the moon landing, and the beginnings of the computer age, while interspersing the influence of art, literature, music, and religion throughout this vivid work.A rich, textured look at war, celebration, suffering, life, death, and renewal in the century gone by, this volume is nothing less than extraordinary.

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    1. MartinGilbert

      The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as true history Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony s College, and became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1962, and an Honorary Fellow in 1994 After working as a researcher for Randolph Churchill, Gilbert was chosen to take over the writing of the Churchill biography upon Randolph s death in 1968, writing six of the eight volumes of biography and editing twelve volumes of documents In addition, Gilbert has written pioneering and classic works on the First and Second World Wars, the Twentieth Century, the Holocaust, and Jewish history.Gilbert drove every aspect of his books, from finding archives to corresponding with eyewitnesses and participants that gave his work veracity and meaning, to finding and choosing illustrations, drawing maps that mention each place in the text, and compiling the indexes He travelled widely lecturing and researching, advised political figures and filmmakers, and gave a voice and a name to those who fought and those who fell twitter sirmartin36facebook sirmartingil

    689 thoughts on “A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History”

    1. Should be renamed "A One-Sided, Biased and Selective History of The Twentieth Century".First of all I listened to the audiobook version of the book, which wasn't bad.What was bad, was how the book was written. The author seemed to me like an amateur. Its okay with me if you present your own (naturally, biased) view of the world, we are all biased in our own ways, and to different degrees. My problem, is when you become selective of what you write, and what you don't. My problem is when you only [...]


    2. More than two years ago, I had launched myself into reading Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru, a book that gave me some solid knowledge in brief about the world history, and upon finishing it mid-last-year, was amazed by his way of writing [You can read its review here, if need be]. But alas, the book ended just as WW2 was about to be set into motion. To compensate for the remaining, I picked up this book by Martin Gilbert, a cheap copy that I had found in one of the second-hand book [...]


    3. Thorough, but lacking.Gilbert's work is far reaching and full of information, but it's really a chronicle of the 20th century rather than a historical work. As such the significance of most events is largely lost in the tide of dates and names. The book also suffers from a lack of footnotes and sources, which is all the more problematic since there are multiple inaccurate and misleading statements throughout, especially early on.All in all it's an easy read and does help give a broad, if shallow [...]


    4. Em comparação com outros livros do Martin Gilbert, não achei tão bem escrito. O próprio propósito do livro é ser uma súmula de um século, logo a necessidade de sintetizar acaba por limitar o que é extraordinário noutros livros. Esta História do Século XX apresenta um panorama mundial muito abrangente, mas é necessariamente uma obra quase enunciativa e desprovida das reflexões sobre o impacto humano dos acontecimentos, apesar dos esforços do autor.


    5. i went looking for a big, epic twentieth century survey and this delivered the goods. despite its scope and intimidating length, it's pretty engaging throughout. i listened to the audio version (30 plus hours!) which was great - kind of like tuning in to BBC radio, only hearing news about WWI or somethingis is totally one of those books that attempts to present history as something linear, conventional and "neutral." the linearity is actually its great strength (much as the embattled avant-garde [...]


    6. I started off thinking I was going to love this book, but found myself growing increasingly irritated by Gilbert’s obvious bias in favor of a central world governing system and disturbed at times by his naiveté regarding late 20th century foreign policy. While I didn’t come away feeling like I had both sides of all of the stories, I did appreciate the sheer volume of numbers the man was able to cram into the text in a reverent and respectful way that I felt portrayed well the appalling suff [...]


    7. It is like sitting in a fast moving car, staring out the window driving past so many major events, catching brief glimpses of the glorious and mostly tragic, but never getting a closer look into the "hows" and "whys".


    8. Covering the an entire century in 800 pages necessarily forces a certain selection and brevity. However, read this and you will get a flavor of the last century. It should dispel any romantic notions that it was "the best of times".


    9. A good summary of the main milestones of 20th century even though some important facts are completely ignored. There's no mention to 1905 Bloody Sunday, nothing about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing, not a word on the 13 year war of Portugal in Africa (while some minor conflicts are referred several times - e.g. Sri Lanka, Lesotho), nothing on the Catholic Church main happenings (WW2, John Paul II election), superficial details on Watergate, too little coverage on EU historyThere's good info [...]


    10. Como o título indica, neste livro Martin Gilbert dá-nos um resumo da História do século XX. Como seria inevitável num empreendimento desta magnitude, imensos detalhes importantes são deixados de fora. Como também se poderia esperar, Gilbert foca-se principalmente nas guerras e nas mortes, assim como nas personalidades que moldaram o mundo no século passado. Confesso que não gostei muito da abordagem, a começar pelo facto de que contar a História dividindo-a por anos me parece um crit [...]


    11. Depois da História da I e da II Guerras Mundiais, a História do Século XX é substancialmente mais leve. E, por conseguinte - até porque o tema não é apenas, mas também, a guerra - mais interessante.Tem mais graça lermos sobre acontecimentos e pessoas dos quais e de quem nos recordamos realmente, com quem eventualmente até tivemos oportunidade de estar.O livro é muito bom para percebemos muito do que se passa nos nossos dias, nomeadamente como aí se chegou, e como parece que a histór [...]


    12. I will admit that I did not read all of this with the attention that it probably deserved. There were a couple of section that I completely skipped: 1933-1945, really, as I do not have to teach that period and that's really why I was reading it! But I really like the style overall - it shows that it's a condensing of three volumes, but still it manages to give an idea of what's happening around the world in each year, and I particularly appreciated that it included events in India, countries in [...]


    13. Informative yes, comprehensive yes. A perfect reference book, but you can't afford to read a polarised book in an increasingly fragmented world. Going through the events, one realises how so much of twentieth century was bloody, including the minor events that are so forgotten now from collective consciousness, say the British acquisition of Tibet, Japanese naval victory over Russia 1904 etc. Full marks for effort but the content is embarrassingly western centric. Do keep salt beside the table.


    14. This book presents a broad yet concise history from 1900-1933. The first of three books which aim to give scope to the entire twentieth century. It's an ambitious project and I'm sure much can be found in the way of criticism, but it provides invaluable insight and understanding into events of recent history. I found much in here to broaden and deepen my understanding of familiar events, and even more that was completely new to me. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, more espec [...]


    15. Certainly a tour de force of knowledge, but also a litany of death verging on the monotonous. The bare recital of what happened and how folly continued to march throughout the century leaves the reader missing some analysis, some interpretation of causality etc. Then again it is itself fascinating to read a concise edition that is only 900 pages


    16. not the concise edition, but Vol. 2 of 1,000 pages - I picked out only the European front to get a real sense of the strategy/tactics and place the geography correctly after reading 4 of Alllan Furst's novels.


    17. I thought this book was very interesting. It took me a while to get through it, but it was helpful to go thorugh the histry of the world in chronological order.




    18. A VERY thorough history of the 20th century. So interesting but so hard to retain anything from all of the information. In this book you can see the patterns of history that continue today.


    19. I had to return this to the library before I finished it (or really, before I even got started) - I will definitely be checking it out again.



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