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In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century


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From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War, a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth-century. Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred years of Europe. Using his skills as an acclaimed journalist, Mak locates the smaller, personal stories within the epic arc of history-talking to a former ticket-taker at the gates of the Birkenau concentration camp or noting the neat rows of tiny shoes in the abandoned nursery school in the shadow of Chernobyl. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to a half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters. Sweeping in scale, but intimate in detail In Europe is a masterpiece.

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Geert Mak is one of The Netherlands' most popular writers. All his previous books became huge bestsellers: De engel van Amsterdam (The Angel of Amsterdam, 1992), Een kleine geschiedenis van Amsterdam (Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City, 1994), Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd (Jorwerd: The Death of the Village in late Twentieth-century Europe, 1996), and De eeuw van mijn vader (My Father's Century, 1999).

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Douglas Wells, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by Douglas Wells)
This an amazing compilation of the 20th Century in Europe. Written from a European perspective, the author traveled through Europe to visit and be a part of the various sites, incidents, and defining moments of the Century. This is compelling reading, and a history we should all read.
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Deborah Guyol, January 13, 2010 (view all comments by Deborah Guyol)
European history in the 20th century presented in three layers -- the view from 1999, when the author visited various hot spots of European history; first-person accounts (through interviews or source material) of many landmark events of the century by people who witnessed or participated in them; and big-picture overview. History on a human scale with a genial and learned tour guide.
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Mak, Geert
Vintage Books USA
Garrett, Sam
Europe - General
Essays & Travelogues
Europe Description and travel.
Europe History 20th century.
World History-European History General
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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » 20th Century
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
Travel » Europe » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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