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A Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century: The People and Ideas That Shaped the Modern Mind - A History Paperback – November 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842124447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842124444
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this extremely ambitious book, Peter Watson has achieved a noteworthy success. Weaving together so many ideas and so many people responsible for them, this story of the 20th century is both informative and stimulating. It unfolds in a way that captures the reader's attention and never relinquishes its grasp. The range of topics, from the arts and sciences through philosophy and ideas, renders this work a colossal and intricate chain of events. The links are cleverly interwoven between the century's unimaginable horrors and extraordinary developments. From the characters and events which shaped Vienna for the arrival of art student Adolf Hitler in 1907, to the ongoing conflicts of the computer age, Terrible Beauty, as its title implies, demonstrates the Jekyll and Hyde nature of modern civilisation. An excellent work of reference and an exciting read. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Peter Watson was born in 1943 and educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome. He was deputy editor of New Society and spent four years as part of the 'Insight' team of The Sunday Times. He was New York correspondent of The Times and has written for the Observer, The New York Times, Punch and The Spectator. He is the author of thirteen books and has presented several television programmes about the arts. Since 1998 he has been a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge.

More About the Author

Peter Watson is the author of War on the Mind, Wisdom and Strength, The Caravaggio Conspiracy, Ideas, and The German Genius. Educated at the universities of Durham, London, and Rome, he has written for the Sunday Times, the Times, the New York Times, the Observer, and the Spectator. He lives in London.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julian Bourne on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Highly recommended. Watson goes further than précis the work of the thought-leaders that shaped the twentieth century, he maps out the progression of ideas, their influences and interactions, and identifies the historical consequences: the influence of Darwin, Picasso, Marxism and Freud senseless tragedies culminating in two world wars; the ingredients for Modernism and transition to Post Modernism; and the limitations of science in the Post Industrial age. Watson teases us with his own vision beyond Post Modernism. Hopefully more detail is being saved for a subsequent book.

Beware your "must-read" list will not shorten after reading "A Terrible Beauty".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Pass on November 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully coherent account of ideas in the twentieth century. I wish I had had something like this when I entered university rather than trying to pick up the information piecemeal (and haphazardly) from various liberal arts courses. Strongly recommended for anyone about to enter university.
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By Fernando Antunes on June 25, 2014
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Peter Watson goes back in the past to explain life-changing events that made civilisations what they are.
Highly recommended!
Enjoy the ride from dawn of humanity into our present.
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By Devsaday Dutt on February 9, 2014
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History through the development of Ideas. What a novel way of studying the subject. One realises how little one knows if one reads a book like this.
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