A magisterial and acclaimed history of Europe in our time, by one of our leading historians.
Professor Tony Judt was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Republic, the New York Times and many other journals in Europe and the US. His books include Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals- Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, and Postwar- A History of Europe Since 1945, which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2005, the winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He died in August, 2010 at the age of 62.
At the time of his death, Tony Judt was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies at New York University. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. In 2009 Judt was awarded a Special Orwell Prize for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to British Political writing. Postwar- A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005) was a runner up for the 2006 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
Most impressive... Postwar, Tony Judt's magnificent history
of Europe after The Second World War, covers vast tracts of ground
with extraordinary skill, weaving together the stories of West and
East in a single, compelling narrative * Evening Standard, 'Books
of the Year' *
Masterly and exhilarating... Judt has a fine eye for telling detail... This is a splendid book to which no review can do proper justice -- Geoffrey Wheatcroft * Spectator *
Truly superb - a magnificent achievement. It is hard to imagine how a better - and more readable - history of the emergence of today's Europe from the ashes of 1945 could ever be written; I can't think of another work on the latter half of the 20th century that comes close to matching it... All in all, a real masterpiece -- Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler
A superb work of synthesis, analysis and reflection * Times Literary Supplement, 'Books of the Year' *
With Postwar... Judt moves up into the ranks of the grand simplificateurs. He dares to expound the sum total of Europe since 1945 in a seamless narrative... This is history-writing with a human face, as well as with brainpower... It is most unlikely that Judt's achievement will be superseded soon * Guardian *