Reappraisals

Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

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Publisher Description

“Exhilarating . . . brave and forthright.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Perhaps the greatest single collection of thinking on the political, diplomatic, social, and cultural history of the past century.” —Forbes


We have entered an age of forgetting. Our world, we insist, is unprecedented, wholly new. The past has nothing to teach us. Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from Jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War and the displacement of history by heritage, the late historian Tony Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, showing how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of mythmaking over understanding and denial over memory. Reappraisals offers a much-needed road map back to the historical sense we urgently need.

Judt's book, Ill Fares the Land, republished in 2021 featuring a new preface by bestselling author of Between the World and Me and The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2008
April 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Julia_1979 ,

Quite Interesting and Insightful

CONS: I am not a fan of the essay format, which makes the book seem too incoherent. Moreover, I think “Reappraisals” now feels a little dated because the analysis ends in early 2000s, unintentionally (and understandably) presented as a current end station, although so much has since happened and changed in our way of seeing the world. But that is OK because I consider those early years of the millennium to be the watershed between two centuries: They closed the 20th while laying the foundations for the 21st. So, in a way, Judt ended his analysis and career by getting to a period, a logical stopping point.

PROS: The book is an incredibly rich and insightful mosaic that paints a unique picture of the 20th century as seen from within. Perhaps, later historians will be able to reconstruct more detached portrayals, but this book provides a unique and invaluable insider’s intellectual perspective.

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