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The End of the World: A History Paperback – September, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fromm Intl (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880640626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880640626
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Otto Friedrich (1929-1995) was a journalist and cultural historian. A contributing editor at The Saturday Evening Post and Time magazine, he was the author of fourteen books, including Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Regardless of the title, this is hardly a book of hype and paranoia. Its a book mostly about Christianity and events that have been judged to herald in second coming of Christ. It starts with the sack of Rome, moves on to the inquisition, the black plague, the reformation, the earthquake of Lisbon, the Russian revolution and ends at Auschwitz.
Rather than being a history of the events, it explores the social implications of these great tragedies (all the events are gruesome tragedies) and also talks how these tragedies have been used by artists, from Bach to Camus, in their works. Its about people that history has forgotten and the little events that led to the monumentous ones we remember.
Sometime the book drags but overall, you come out with a great appreciation of what horrors the people went through and what a hypocritical society we still live in. Its a must read if you like history but don't like the traditional way in which history is presented.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bondi on July 28, 2011
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Beautifully written, fascinating accounts of various times in history when it was widely believed that the world was about to end, or civilization descended into barbarity (the Inquisition, Auschwitz).
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