Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life Hardcover – August 12, 2003
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- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 037542234X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375422348
- Product Dimensions : 6.37 x 1.43 x 9.49 inches
- Publisher : Pantheon; 1st Edition (August 12, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm taking off one star because of the physical book itself. I bought the paperback published by Abacus, an imprint of Little, Brown, ISBN 9780349113531, which completely omitted the second section of illustrations (8 pages) that appear in the hardback edition published by Pantheon. Be forewarned!
However, I must admit that I was often disappointed in Hobsbawm's work. There were large sections of pontificating rather than him outlining the so-called interesting times in which he lived. And let there be on mistake, Hobsbawm did live in interesting times. He was born in the year of the Russian Revolution to an Austrian mother and British father who were both Jews in Vienna during the dying days of the Hapsburg Empire. His early education was in Vienna while his later education was in Britain where he ultimately went on to study at Cambridge. Throughout his life, he travelled widely and truly met many interesting people. Thus, my only concern with his book is that his interesting life can sometimes play second fiddle to his opinions. But perhaps this is always the way with historians. They are here to interpret the world and not simply narrate.
Read Hobsbawm's work for an opinion on the twentieth century but not have expectations that you are going to read a tour de force of the century's movers and shakers.
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Europe in the 1930's is brought to life, warts and all. His views on the U.S.A. could surprise some, but nevertheless, an honest man's view of the most dramatic 100 years in the history of the world.
Recommended for study of a scholar's mind and also understanding intricacies of power relations in 20th Century.