Sometimea boring other times just ok. Completely wrong on McCarthy. Not the best I've read.
Paul Johnson reveals many important and overlooked facts about the 20th century, from the growth of totalitarianism and its surprising connections to the modern welfare state to the disastrous movements of anti colonialism, and to the vast economic growth of free market economies, especially in East Asia in the latter half of the century. I heartily recommend this book to all lovers of history and those who want to know the truth behind the last 100 years that is often overlooked or simply unknown.
However, I must express my dislike for Nadia May's narration. She is rather bland and easy to zone out, no matter how excellent the material. She also mispronounces many words and this can be very distracting. It saddens me to see that she is the narrator for many books I am interested in. Sorry Nadia, but you're just not my style- a bit too stuffy.
Very well studied and researched even though I did not agree with ieverything. Probably understated the impact of Kissinger on American foreign policy. Overall I would recommend this book which covers a vast amount of events over nearly a century. Even during the course of one century there is large amount of empirical evidence suggesting the greater degree of economic freedom in the greater the rule of law the better off and more prosperous a people will be. A good acknowledgement of the flaws in social engineering and the social sciences more broadly
Low in the top 30th percentile - content would be top 10% but the recording is almost unbearable.
I think she did a fine job although as an American, her accent makes her harder to understand. However it is truly the poor recording quality that makes this a problem. I'm an audio engineer myself, so these things irritate me greatly. If this was properly processed with eq and compression especially, it would be a MUCH more enjoyable listen probably 4 star)! Also, there is background noise like voices in the adjacent room. This is also distracting. I also think that the narrator's use of French and German accents are superfluous.
Somebody probably told her to do this to make it more interesting.
Did you know that Albert Einstein wrote to his friends in a fake German accent?
And Freud did, too.
Wrecks it completely for me. All I want to do is giggle.
These long books are perfect for audio, for long car trips or whatever, but this one is destroyed by phony accents.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
on the 20th century. A compelling read.
To right winged for me -- it was Ayn Rand version of History. Any thing left was criticized and all republicans were hailed. It really deserves more then one star for I did learn a lot but all the 5 star ratings needed sobering.
This book was good, as far as it went. However, I was disappointed that it was almost entirely a *political* history. Obviously that's a significant topic, but an era marked by huge social changes, themselves changed by technological factors such a mass instantaneous communications and birth control, there is much that would have been more interesting -- and relevant -- than which leaders were in power.
On top of that, I was frequently distracted by the reader's mispronunciation of many names.
I really cannot think of a way that this book could ever be made palatable. I picked it accidentally and noticed my mistake after the first few pages.
This is the second book I have downloaded by this same author. The first one was
The book was so obnoxious that it would have been hard to do but she succeeded somehow.