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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (872 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462119
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Earning the eleventh spot on National Review’s list of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Century, this fast-paced, all-encompassing narrative history covers the great events, ideas, and personalities of the six decades following the end of World War I, and offers a full-scale—if controversial—analysis of how the modern age came into being and where it is heading.

Beginning on May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein’s theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of “Old Europe,” the Arcadian twenties, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the ’29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Truly a distinguished work of history…We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Frequently surprises, even startles us with new views of past events and fresh looks at the characters of the chief world movers and shakers, in politics, the military, economics, science, religion, and philosophy of six decades.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Johnson’s insights are often brilliant and of value in their startling freshness.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century
  • A New York Times Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 2/19/2014

    " A breathtaking book that covers major historical events/trends from the twenties to the eighties. Paul Johnson manages somehow to tie everything together and present it in a package that makes sense and is a terrific read. It's not for the faint of heart however, each page is densely packed with information that takes terribly long to digest, but the effort is well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Fox | 1/26/2014

    " A history of the entire world, post-WWI, in one volume? Yes, and beautifully done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/19/2014

    " Finally finished it! Some parts were dry, but on the whole it was super interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole | 1/14/2014

    " The amount of knowledge I'm gaining from this book is incredible. I just hope I have the good sense to turn what I'm learning into a little bit of wisdom for our modern age. I'm only 200 pages and hope I can finish by February (it's September now). What a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drewkosztyo | 1/1/2014

    " SUMMER READ 2009 -- A major commitment in time and brainpower, but well worth the effort! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/31/2013

    " Aaahhhhh I did it! So long and so dense and so interesting. I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. History really blew my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 12/5/2013

    " This one... it's a dense one. But it gives a good picture of the Twentieth Century: it's only failing is the fact that it's such a broad period of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 11/23/2013

    " Paul Johnson is a historian to be read. Modern Times is about the 20th century. Ambitious? Absolutely. Successful? Completely. This is a thick book. It will take time to read. But read you should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/16/2013

    " This was a college textbook for me. The first and only that I read from cover to cover. From that time I've read several other wonderful Paul Johnson histories. His writing style is fabulous. He has a great dry humor and the details are facinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Namik Kasumov | 9/30/2013

    " Text has no disions (chapters etc) at all. Otherwise, the content is excellent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jack Czyzewski | 9/22/2013

    " Stopped reading after 100 pages or so. This is opinioned garbage. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 9/2/2013

    " If you're into bullshit, read this book. According to Johnson, Calvin Coolidge was a great president and FDR was a screwball. Johnson is a complete and utter right wing moron. I hope he shares a room with Limbaugh and Beck in the nuthouse. If I could give it less than one star, I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirk Lowery | 8/25/2013

    " A very readable account of the 20th century. I was fascinated by the account of constant warfare between Serbs, Albanians and in the Baltics. Two world wars didn't change much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Marshall | 8/7/2013

    " I listened to this on audio while working on a painting job. Nice romp through the inflential men of the twetieth century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 8/20/2012

    " A Good reference Book. Might be worthwhile to buy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 5/6/2012

    " A pretty good history, albeit very conservative. Interesting to get a that view of history, but quite biased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 4/27/2012

    " This was fascinating to read, however is so long, that on finishing it, I feel that it must be read again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Tappe | 11/28/2011

    " Not really a review, but I just noticed that Johnson's middle name is Bede. I think from now on I will refer to him as the Venerable Paul Johnson. He certainly is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Mcguire | 9/18/2011

    " excellent review of the 20th century. interesting and thoughtful insight into the way countries succeed or fail based on economic and political freedom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jpp | 1/17/2011

    " A totaly useless book. Far from the facts, always giving one side and simple version of all the main events of the century, it looks more like a neo-cons 101 manual than like an actual history book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/24/2010

    " A fabulous book. I first read this when I was an intern working in DC. I have re-read it many times. It reiterated to me the unanticipated consequences of government action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/13/2010

    " A must read.This book changed my entire outlook on history,politics and relativism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 2/25/2010

    " This one... it's a dense one. But it gives a good picture of the Twentieth Century: it's only failing is the fact that it's such a broad period of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 11/21/2009

    " If you're into bullshit, read this book. According to Johnson, Calvin Coolidge was a great president and FDR was a screwball. Johnson is a complete and utter right wing moron. I hope he shares a room with Limbaugh and Beck in the nuthouse. If I could give it less than one star, I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Griff | 11/14/2009

    " Great history from 1920's to 1980's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drewkosztyo | 9/11/2009

    " SUMMER READ 2009 -- A major commitment in time and brainpower, but well worth the effort! "

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About the Author
Author Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.