A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.
Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep listeners through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative. Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.
Tony Judt (1948-2010), the author of 11 books, was Erich Maria Remarque professor of European studies at New York University and director and founder of the Remarque Institute.
©2005 Tony Judt (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A book that has the pace of a thriller and the scope of an encyclopedia...A very considerable achievement...Brilliant." (New York Review of Books)
"Remarkable.... The writing is vivid; the coverage-of little countries as well as of great ones-is virtually superhuman." (The New Yorker)
"Massive, kaleidoscopic, and thoroughly readable...[Judt's] book now becomes the definitive account of Europe's rise from the ashes and its takeoff into an uncertain future." (Time)
"really interesting but shame about the reader"
This is a very thorough review of European history since WWII. I really enjoyed it; it refreshed my memory about things I'd forgotten and filled in a lot of gaps. My only gripe is the reader - I know history can be a bit of an arid subject to deliver out loud but I found the reader very wooden and his voice really annoyed me by the end.
Over 40 hours but never a dull moment. Judt skill is to give you an overview of the events, but he excels in his analysis. There are all sorts of revelations such as the West didn't mind the Berlin Wall, or there was no chance of a nuclear war. He gives time to all the countries, but also groups parts of the book by themes. Very strong on the political and intellectual history, less so on the cultural, but alway enjoyable. One of the best history books I have ever read.
"Brilliant book, but for the narrator"
A great book of huge interest yet the narrator has thoroughly ruined this. Quotes that are read with such power and tone by Andrew Marr with his books are totally and utterly confused by Mr Cosham. His voice is dull and is quite honestly difficult to listen to. I for one will never ever download anything read by this man again. (The preview was ok, but listening to him for 10 minutes is too much).
"a dull man puked up a thesaurus"
absolutely impossible to listen to.
THE most longwinded prose i've encountered in a long time narrated by a most uninspiring monotonous reader. kudos. the thought of wading through the whole book fills me with dread which is a real shame. the subject matter is super interesting but ruined here. please can someone do an abridged version and have someone else read it?
the first audiobook ive given up on.
unfortunately for now avoid avoid avoid.
"Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945"
POSTWAR is a masterpiece. It fills in all the gaps in all subject areas pertaining to Europe after World War II and makes sense of a complicated period. But it is a massive book and the paper back has very small writing. I found it hard to wade through the complicated Introduction. Eventually, I bought the audio book and once I got through the Introduction (still complicated) I was sailing.
"Well worth listening to if you can concentrate !"
This is a book that really draws you in with its sheer erudition and scope. You do have to concentrate as there are occasional lists of facts and figures which can be hard to take in whilst you're negotiating a roundabout or overtaking! Generally speaking though you can quickly pick up the thread again. Some of the particular highlights are the analyses of European cinema of the period, and the 1968 student riots. All in all, this is a wonderful introduction to the Europe that we inhabit today and I thoroughly recommend it.
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