Hearing the evolution of Europe as we now know it.
Most interesting: The conditions existing that made the postwar treaties (esp Yalta) more understandable.
Least interesting: The harping on the European model for world government.
There were no real characters involved...
Was not moved
That period of history couldn't possibly be as boring as it is presented in the book. Read like a textbook.
I consider this one of the two or three most important and enlightening books I've read in the last 15 years. It presents a very balanced view of post-war Europe, its problems, achievements and challenges. Having read a great deal of traditional European history, I thought I was reasonably well informed in that area, but I was wrong--at least in regard to contemporary Europe. I've had a typical Ameri-centric perspective, with no real knowledge or appreciation of what differentiates Europeans, not only from Americans, but from each other. The problems they have faced and continue to face make our red state/blue state battles seem petty. The author is equally critical of Socialism and Thatcherism, Communism and Fascism, and in my view presents a balanced approach to both America's achievements and contributions and its short-comings from a European perspective.
This is one of the best historical books I have read/listened to. Tony Judt is one of the finest minds in his field of his generation and comprehensively covers many areas of Postwar Europe.
It is superbly written and evidently exhaustively researched. Covers a lot of ground that I myself hadn't covered before and goes a long way in explaining the current Eastern European conflicts and the ground work for the EU and beyond. Whether you agree with Judt's conclusions or his standpoints is immaterial, there is no doubt in my mind that this book opens a lot of people's eyes on the Europe we had and why we have arrived at what we have now. I intend to read more of his books,
The narration, by Ralph Cosham (who I believe has done a few other of Judt's works is clear and intelligible.
I would not recommend this book. I enjoy reading history, and was excited about reading post-war history with which I am less familiar - though I have lived it. I found the reading exceedingly dull, and the amount of detail in each topic excessive. It's like the author just threw in everything he could find on a topic, then moved to the next topic without bring ideas or issues into an overall focus.
No - this one did me in.
Monotone, boring reading of tedious material.
no - a disappointment
This irreplaceable book examines the last seventy years of European history with sharp insight and complete mastery. Judt is a vivid in detail as he is perceptive in his analyses of this fascinating but incredibly complex period--the period that created our present world. If you want to know how the present came about, read it.
If you like grim tales, this is the book for you. The landscape is bleak and so is the narrator's voice. If you are contemplating suicide, avoid this book at all costs.
The ethnic cleansing – of which the Jewish extermination campaign was only a part – was an eye-opener.
Absolutely not! It was ghastly.
The redeeming quality – and the reason I bought the book – is the author, Tony Judt. I've always enjoyed his essays and interviews, but this book was not enjoyable in any way.
Please try women narrators with voices that are pleasant.
Possibly the best history I've ever encountered. Unflinching, non-ideological, and ruthlessly unbiased, Judt has the integrity of a scientist of the highest order, dedicated only to inquiry. Presented with the clarity, precision and wit of a great artist - a la Gore Vidal.
An engrossing journey through Europe's recent history and rebirth since 1945.a wonderful piece of writing which should be a must read for anyone wishing to grasp the complexities and continual challenges that have faced and face the continent.