Modern Times - Paul Johnson
Modern Times by Paul Johnson is a fast-paced, all-encompassing narrative history which 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. This revised edition includes the crash of the iron curtain, the break up of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the looming threats of religious fundamentalism and environmental disaster.