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Joseph

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  • A History of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Gilbert
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    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.

    Patricia says: "I didn't know that."
    "select history given as a grocery list"
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    What would have made A History of the Twentieth Century better?

    So this is very Eurocentric and war focused. It doesn't discuss much more than the politics leading up to/and war. Art, culture, science, technology can be combined into maybe 10 min. There is virtually no mention of central and south america nor africa (besides British imperial struggles). It also bothers me that the actor pronounces spanish words as if he is speaking Italian.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    grocery list reading (dry as hell) and he thinks spanish is pronounced like Italian


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    YES> hearing the larger picture of the Eurocentric story was nice, but it seems to be from a selective perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    You may need a separate History of the 20th century to help balance the information

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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