A History of the Twentieth Century

  • by Martin Gilbert
  • Narrated by John Curless
  • 29 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Martin Gilbert, author of the multivolume biography of Winston Churchill and other brilliant works of history, chronicles world events year by year, from the dawn of aviation to the flourishing technology age, taking us through World War I to the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt as president of the United States and Hider as chancellor of Germany. He continues on to document wars in South Africa, China, Ethiopia, Spain, Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia, as well as apartheid, the arms race, the moon landing, and the beginnings of the computer age, while interspersing the influence of art, literature, music, and religion throughout this vivid work. A rich, textured look at war, celebration, suffering, life, death, and renewal in the century gone by, this volume is nothing less than extraordinary.


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Customer Reviews

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I didn't know that.

I have always been a history buff, but this has opened my eye to a lot of 'hidden' history. I have not managed to listen to the whole book yet, but I currently live in Ukraine and have surprised some of my Ukrainian friends by knowing more of their history than they do. Also taking the history year by year puts things into proportion.
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- Patricia

select history given as a grocery list

What would have made A History of the Twentieth Century better?

So this is very Eurocentric and war focused. It doesn't discuss much more than the politics leading up to/and war. Art, culture, science, technology can be combined into maybe 10 min. There is virtually no mention of central and south america nor africa (besides British imperial struggles). It also bothers me that the actor pronounces spanish words as if he is speaking Italian.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

grocery list reading (dry as hell) and he thinks spanish is pronounced like Italian

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

YES> hearing the larger picture of the Eurocentric story was nice, but it seems to be from a selective perspective.

Any additional comments?

You may need a separate History of the 20th century to help balance the information

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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books