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 work of intellect and imagination." -- -- Stephen Spender, The Atlantic
"Johnson's insights are often briliant and of value in their startling freshness." -- -- Peter Loewenberg, Los Angeles Times
"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.