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Einstein looms large over Johnson's narrative, as do others who sought to harness the forces of nature and society: men like Mao Zedong, "a big, brutal, earthy and ruthless peasant," and Adolf Hitler, creator of "a brutal, secure, conscience-less, successful, and, for most Germans, popular regime." Johnson takes a contentious conservative viewpoint throughout: he calls the 1960s "America's suicide attempt," deems the Watergate affair "a witch-hunt ... run by liberals in the media," and deems the rise of Margaret Thatcher a critical element in Western civilization's "recovery of freedom"--arguable propositions all, but ones advanced in a stimulating and well-written narrative that provides much food for thought in the course of its more than 800 pages. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A marvelously incisive and synthesizing account." -- David Gress, Commentary
"A work of intellect and imagination." -- Stephen Spender, The Atlantic
"Frequently surprises, even startles us with new views ofd past events and fresh looks at the characters of the chief world movers and shakers, in politics, the military, economics, science, religion, and philosophy of six decades." -- Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal
"Johnson's insights are often briliant and of value in their startling freshness." -- Peter Loewenberg, Los Angeles Times
"Truly a distinguished work of history...Modern Times unites historical and critical consciousness. It is far from being a simple chronicle, though a vast wealth of events and personages and historical changes fill it....We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book." -- Robert A. Nisbet,New York Times Book Review
"Wide-ranging and quirky, this history of our times (since World War I) hits all the highlights and hot spots: the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the 1980s...A letter-day Mencken, Johnson is witty, gritty, and compulsively readable." -- Foreign Affairs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book can make you laugh out loud,curse or simply put it down for a few to catch your breath.
The one thing that Johnston makes clear in his book is that ideology has been the bane of minkind in the 20th Cen. and the major cause of most man-made calamities.
Johnson's research is so extensive that Modern Times has become a reference book for many in public life, kept nearby to quote and cite.
i finished this book about a month and a half ago, but I still feel that I need to say something. I guess I had never contemplated the term Modern Times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles B. Moss
I've read several books by this authored and expect more...this did not deivery more.Published 2 months ago by Joyce L. Buckley
Johnson does not write history to learn. One must know in order to understand their books. And it is because he says, analyzes, interprets. He gives his version of events. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Mascarin Perigault
I have gifted this book to as many people as I can. The thread of the "harm of relativism" makes this such a well crafted book because it ties things together in a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by KMD
The first chapter, where Johnson juggles around Einstein, Freud, Darwin, and Nietzsche as he considers the post World War I world, is absolutely brilliant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Dutton Smith
I enjoyed this modern day history lesson. It was immensely informative and had a perspective that one would not likely get on a college campus. I enjoyed every minute of it.Published 7 months ago by Herky
And I have read thousands in my long life.
Discusses the post-World War One shift in western culture, leading to Hitler and Stalin, among other things. Read more