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Think­ing the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Tony Judt, Ti­mothy Sny­der

Wil­liam Heine­mann (Fe­bru­ary 2, 2012) £16.10

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Tony Judt is re­garded as a bril­liant his­to­rian and an in­domitable public critic. Think­ing the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury comes out as his final book. Judt has spanned the era of twen­ti­eth cen­tury with un­prece­dented clar­ity and in­sight, list­ing the tri­umphs and fail­ures of prom­i­nent in­tel­lec­tu­als. The na­ture of this work is struc­tured in a se­ries of in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Judt and his friend and fel­low his­to­rian Ti­mothy Sny­der, grounded in the texts of the time and fo­cused by the in­ten­sity of their vi­sion. The book re­vis­its the for­got­ten ideas of the last cen­tury and scru­ti­nizes the cur­rent fash­ion­able trends, thus ar­gu­ing for the kind of fu­ture we should strive for. is about the life of the mind-- and the mind­ful life.

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