Synopses & Reviews
Critics heralded the first two volumes A History of the Twentieth Century as "masterly" (Boston Globe) and "deft", illuminating, and fascinating" (Henry Kissenger). Now, the final work in Martin Gilbert's magisterial and acclaimed three-volume history brilliantly charts the course of the twentieth century's last five decades. Here are gripping narrative accounts of the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia; the postwar reconstruction of Europe; apartheid; the arms race; the moon landing ; and the extraordinary advances in medical science. Mao started a cultural revolution, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John F. Kennedy were assassinated, and the computer revolution was begun. The result is nothing less than extraordinary.
With the same consummate skill with which he chronicled the events of the first 50 years of the 20th century, Sir Martin Gilbert brilliantly charts the course of that century's last five decades. This third volume contains accounts of the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia, the postwar reconstruction of Europe, apartheid, the arms race, the moon landing, and advances in medical science. Three 8-page photo inserts. 58 maps.
About the Author
Martin Gilbert has written more than sixty books and is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century. In 1968, he was appointed official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He wrote six of the eight volumes of the landmark biographical series and also compiled eleven volumes of Churchill documents. In addition, he is the author of a definitive history of the Holocaust, a series of twelve historical atlases, and comprehensive studies of both World War I and World War II. Since 1962, he has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (an Honorary Fellow since 1994). He was knighted in 1995. He lives in London.