The big ideas that shaped the world and the man

Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder. William Heinemann, €31.50. Reviewed by Patrick Freyne.

4th March, 2012
The big ideas that shaped the world and the man
The Israeli flag is raised as immigrants from Europe establish the cooperative farming community of Kibbutz Yasur in Galilee, Israel, in 1949. Photo: Getty

Tony Judt was the British author of the historical masterwork Postwar, who died last year after a struggle with motor neurone disease. In the last few years of his life, Judt published two fascinating books: the passionate social democratic polemic, Ill Fares the Land, and The Memory Chalet, a book of autobiographical essays written in the last ravages of his disease.

Thinking the Twentieth Century is Judt's final book and his last word on a...

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