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Dr MacMillan has a great voice. I felt like she was speaking to me - not reading a script. Excellent articulation and enunciation. I am finding myself listening to this one again and again, from different start points. My friends at work are amazed by how much I now know about this important event in modern history. If Dr MacMillan comes up with another title - I'm buying it. Wish I'd had professors as interesting as her in university...
I especially liked the small anecdotes Prof. MacMillan inserts in between the events. Her analysis of the personalities involved in the conference together with those anecdotes gives a human perspective to the decisions made in Paris in 1919.
A vital piece of history to understanding the world as it is today. Very well presented - nice pace and interestingly put. I listened to it a few months ago and only just realised that it comes with a pdf booklet of 65 pages which would be a good companion to the listening. Some maps in the booklet would be very helpful though.
This is wonderfully entertaining - The content is informative, important, relevant and illuminating.
The author/narrator does a great job.
The text is an easy read, yet not simplistic.
Great book. Did you know that Czechoslovakia 'stole' the Sudetenland from Austria, giving Hitler a pretext to invade them twenty years later? Fascinating.
This is probably my favorite history lecture of all time. MacMillan condenses hundreds of hours of research into insightful paragraphs, and she reveals why much of the world, from Europe to Africa, to the Middle East, is the way it is today. I don't believe I have ever read a book so rich with insights in every paragraph. For those who have already purchased and read the book 1919 in hardback, I would view this book as a companion volume, not an audio version of the same book. The books are not the same, but rather the audio version expands upon the themes found in the 1919 book. This book creates a sort of infrastructure of European and Middle Eastern history, so current events can be more clearly interpreted. A must for any student of history. I can only hope the author chooses to lend her power of insight to other periods of history.
This was my first Modern Scholar audiobook - and really enjoyed it. If you do have an interest in politics and history or just if the political map of the modern world has always intrigued, then you will enjoy this and gain some perspective of the decisions that shaped the 20th century. An interesting nugget was how celebrated Woodrow Wilson was in Europe after the war - kinda like an Obamesque celebrity!
The Guns of August is an account of the first month of WW I. You get into the trenches and keep your head down. With Six Months That Changed the World... you sit down at the negotiating table and see how much of the political geography of the modern world was shaped at the end of WW I.
Excellent history of the aftermath of WW I. Professor MacMillan keeps things moving at a brisk pace and covers all the details. I downloaded this set of lectures to my iPod, plugged my iPod into the auxiliary jack of my car and into drove from Ashland, Oregon to San Francisco, CA. Six hours later I arrived in San Francisco with no idea how I got there.
Professor MacMillan delivers a concise and balanced perspective of this historic period with empathy and an understanding of the complexity of human nations. Knowing history is required to understand the future, this book should help you get there...
Great lecture! This should be required for all of our politicians so they understand what they are dealing with in Europe, middle east and the rest of the world.
Margaret MacMillan's lectures, "Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919" are riveting. The author narrates this important 'story' in a captivating, articulate and understandable manner.
Lectures sometimes close with a question to which Professor MacMillan responds. Her answers are clear, balanced and insightful.
Listening to Professor MacMillan give this series of lectures based on her book was a special treat. I really enjoyed her presentation style. She is brilliant.
Once started I found every moment I could to listen - I didn't want to stop.
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