Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
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Tony Judt is one of today's leading historians and thinkers. Winner of the Hannah Arendt Prize in 2007, his previous book, Postwar, was hailed as "monumental . . . a tour de force"by Foreign Affairs, among other leading publications. In Reappraisals, he persuasively argues that we have entered an "age of forgetting." Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from Jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War to the displacement of history by heritage, Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, and shows how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory.
Introduction: The World We Have Lost
Part One: The Heart of Darkness
Chapter I: Arthur Koestler, the Exemplary Intellectual
Part Two: The Politics of Intellectual Engagement
Chapter V: Albert Camus: "The best man in France"
Part Three: Lost in Transition: Places and Memories
Chapter XI: The Catastrophe: The Fall of France, 1940
Part Four: The American (Half-) Century
Chapter XVIII: An American Tragedy? The Case of Whittaker Chambers
Envoi: The Social Question Redivivus
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