Sunday May 31, 2020

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 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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