That period of history couldn't possibly be as boring as it is presented in the book. Read like a textbook.
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
A more captivating story, I was under the mistaken impression that this was historical fiction.
That book is pure, factual, history.
Narration was fine.
boredom, overwhelmed by factual information
maybe an unfair review because my expectations were so wrong. I would never have otherwise rented a 43 hr. history lesson.
The scope and scholarship, coupled with the readability and gripping prose.
It was accessible without being dumbed-down
Pacing, gravitas and colour
A good accompaniment to Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder
For anybody that wants to understand Europe, the political and the social conditions in the continent as a whole and in the different countries - this is a great read!
Well written, comprehensive description of the postwar decades throughout west and east Europe.
I found the last parts on east Europe are especially fascinating!
The story was hard to get into, along with the length of the book
Not worth the credit or money unless you preview
This is a masterpiece of a book. Judt synthesizes history, philosophy, sociology, film, art, social memory theory, linguistics, political philosophy, and religion into one tour deforce on Europe after WWII. The astonishing fact is that he is at home in each of these fields. He gives off the air of a master-teacher who provides only the information that is necessary to further understanding yet withholds so much more.
This is one of those books that, although you "finished" it, the amount of information left to be absorbed is far greater. I listened to this as an audiobook, so my absorption was less than it would have been had I visually read it. But the audio experience was sufficient to communicate that the book is truly a masterpiece.
I will definitely be reading this again one day.
Not very high as the content is a bit dry but very interesting and fills a lot of gaps about how things panned out since the WW2. Certainly worth buying
non fiction so no characters
non fiction but interesting about how current Middle East problems developed
Things you thought you knew about Europe since WW2 but didn't
Very informative and great as a audio since I could never plough through this in book form
A lot of detail, really a lot. Some of it interesting, some of it not. In the Audible version the structure or organization of the book is not obvious, if it has any. Pace of a thriller? More like the paqe of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page.Moribund.