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As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age - the one we call now.

This shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next - instead the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way back to homes that are no longer there or on to an uncertain future across the sea. Some run from their deeds, and most get away. Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 is Elisabeth Åsbrink's father.

In 1947, production begins of the Kalashnikov, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first actual computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, a clockmaker's son draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day, and a UN committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.

In 1947, Elisabeth Åsbrink chronicles the creation of the modern world, as the forces that will go on to govern all our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.

©2017 Elisabeth Åsbrink (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • 03-31-18

What a difference a year made 365 little days.


This is a fantastic book, full of valuable information and ideas it exposes the interconnectivity of event and because of the distance of our time and place, we can see the historical developments of those ideas and congregations.

1947 is the year that gave as 1984 the book; The United Nations recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. The resolution supported the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem. The Nuremberg trials open the door to a legal definition of genocide, that sparks The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1947 and 1948. In late 1947, discussions on Germany broke down over Soviet charges that the Allies were violating the Potsdam Agreement starting the prosses for the wall. Jean-Paul Sartre publishes Existentialism and Humanism and Simone de Beauvoir The Ethics of Ambiguity. Europe is thinking of unity and trying to heal wounds from a war that is unimaginable to modern minds and incomprehensible in its devastation of the very fabric of society. This is but a few of the events covered with wide open eyes an unflinchingly by the author, again no saints no angels just humans and their humanity; fighting and loving, lying and exposing the truth, thinking and reacting, believing and knowing better but never really achieving the good we claim to want.

The best history book of this year so far, nine-month to find more but this one is a sure thing for all interested in modern history.

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