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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize • Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award • One of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year

"Remarkable . . . The writing is vivid; the coverage-of little countries as well as of great ones-is virtually superhuman; and above all, the book is smart. Every page contains unexpected data, or a fresh observation, or a familar observation freshly turned." —Louis Menand, The New Yorker

"Impressive . . . Mr. Judt writes with enormous authority." —The Wall Street Journal

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 readers through thirty-four nations and sixty 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.

October 6
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

digitalme ,

Colossal book

In an incredible achievement to cover such an vast period of time for such a vast territory, with such clarity and detail. So many issues come into perspective that when explained with such mastery seem rather obvious. This book will be with me for a long time.

Jw 50 ,

Required Reading for Ordinary Americans

I happened on this book in my local public e-library selection list for history. A good audio selection to listen to while walking, I thought. My first hint at what I was getting into came when it downloaded on my iPhone, starting at 50 - most audio books are around....15 parts. After 4-5 days of listening, amazed at what I didn't know, had never understood about this era , I went to Amazon to read those reviews- which mirrored my own thoughts. So, why buy a book I've just finished listening to? I had to backup so many times to re-listen to parts; wanted to go back and replay parts that were later mentioned in a different context- and so many observations I wanted to remember/save/think more about. In my mid-sixties,I lived through much of this postwar era as an Average American- Europe, its events, views, meanings....like so much background was seen one way. This book is the view from 'there' - of there, by there, for there. And for here, for us. It's an eye-opener, a mind-opener - agreeing and disagreeing. I wish I had happened on it sooner.

algo2121 ,


Simply the best work of 20th century historical scholarship I have had the privilege to read.

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