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Postwar

A History of Europe Since 1945
By: Tony Judt
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, European
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Postwar by Tony Judt, read by Ralph Cosham.

Tracing the story of postwar Europe and its changing role in the world, Judt's magnificent history of the continent of our times investigates the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the wreckage of postwar Europe to the expansion of the EU into the former Soviet empire. Judt's stress is on the continent as a whole, from Greece to Norway, from Portugal to Russia.

This, uniquely, is a history that pays due attention to both Western and Eastern Europe, to cultural and social developments as to political and diplomatic events. Throughout Judt shows how politics, society, culture and popular culture influenced each other. A masterly and definitive history of our continent in a crucial period of its history, Europe in our time.

©2017 Tony Judt (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Comprehensive and constantly enlightening

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of insights and challenges from an eastern European perspective. Small grips about pronunciation from the author, lack of chapter headings, sentence structure not conducive to understanding when heard first time, issues with syncing across several devices. But still a must read.

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Monumental

Vast in scope and detail. It behoves Europeans to remember well our troubled past, for it is all to easy to forget. This book offers little comfort, instead it forensically dissects the different currents of shared European postwar experience, and reveals starkly the abyss upon which our civilisation is built. A magnificent work of history.

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Extraordinaire

Extremly learned and facinating. Some will probably argue that it contains too much of jewish suffering/extermination, but i think it's proper when thinking about the abyss nazism created. It gives interpretational depth also to other forms of totalitarian ideologies.

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The narrator is not good unfortunately. Not bad, but his voice lulls me to sleep. It's a pity really...

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An appalling recording

Awful recording.

Obviously the narrator struggled with quite a lot of pronunciations, however rather than re-recording at the time with the correct pronunciation they have overdubbed using a low quality microphone later.

In my opinion it's not listenable and should be removed from Audible.

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  • Jaroslav Hlavac
  • 02-05-20

Unbiased overview of European postwar history

I was not very knowledgable in post war European history and this book was a great source of information. I read it from cover to cover and even bought a paper version of it.

I was surprised that the author is not biased at all. It is an intense reading full of facts and names. It helped me to understand where many contemporary problems started as well as connect many dots in history of my country (Czechia).

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  • Lorenzo Coopman
  • 13-12-19

important, monumental!

This book is essential reading for all those who want to have an understanding of how Europe became to be what it is and what it didn't become. We can't hide from our past and mistakes, but the last decades we are certainly trying to ignore them, a trent the author did foresee. The narration was engaged and very suitable for this kind of complex work.

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  • Patrick
  • 11-03-19

The Definitive Survey of Europe After WW2

A lot happened after world war 2 and until about 2007 and this book endeavors to give you an overview of it all. This is essential reading for this period and something that I even find myself coming back to when I need context for another title.