20th Century World History
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Paperback ISBN: 0804190119
“The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Hardcover ISBN: 1501134612
Draws on twenty years of research, recently declassified files, and interviews with survivors in an account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that also reveals how propaganda and secrets have created additional dangers.
The Age of Extremes
A History of the World, 1914-1991
Paperback ISBN: 0679730052
An overview of the history of the twentieth century reviews the legacy of two world wars, the Depression, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, the collapse of the USSR, and the era's technological and scientific advances
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385483279
More than five hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs complement a stunning history of the twentieth century in a companion volume to the upcoming ABC-TV series that chronicles the great events and personalities of the past hundred years. 200,000 first printing. BOMC Main.
Age of Anger
A History of the Present
Hardcover ISBN: 0374274789
A columnist at Bloomberg View and regular writer for The Guardian explores the rising tide of paranoid hatred in modern times and attributes it to our inability to fulfill the promises of a globalized economy.
Age of Anger
A History of the Present
Paperback ISBN: 125015930x
One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis The attempt to Westernize, modernize, or secularize the non-West was long viewed benignly as a process of “development and progress.
The Age of Radiance
The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
Hardcover ISBN: 145166043x
A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age—from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan—written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives—from nuclear medicine and food irradiation to microwave technology—its invisible rays trigger biological damage, birth defects, and cellular mayhem. Written with a biographer’s passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is both tragic and triumphant. From the end of the nineteenth century through the use of the atomic bomb in World War II to the twenty-first century’s confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Enrico Fermi, Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, FDR, Robert Oppenheimer, and Ronald Reagan, among others. He reveals many little-known details, including how Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler transformed America from a country that created light bulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel’s lifelong dream of global peace; how emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain a run-amok nuclear reactor, while wondering if they would live or die. Brilliantly fascinating and remarkably accessible, The Age of Radiance traces mankind's complicated and difficult relationship with the dangerous power it discovered and made part of civilization.
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Paperback ISBN: 1250033306
"A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world's attention In 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America. Although it was one of the most coveted prizes in the world, it sat unclaimed (not without efforts) for eight long years, until the spring of 1927. It was then, during five incredibly tense weeks, that one of those magicalwindows in history opened, when there occurred a nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit that led so many contenders (from different parts of the world) to all suddenly be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time. Atlantic Fever is about the race; it is a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Richard Byrd, Noel Davis, Stanton Wooster, Clarence Chamberlin, Charles Levine, Rene; Fonck, Charles Nungesser, and Franðcois Coli--all had equalweight in the race with Charles Lindbergh. Although the story starts in September 1926 with the crash of the first competitor, or even further back with the 1919 establishment of the prize, its heart is found in a short period, those five weeks from April 14 to May 21, 1927, when the world held its breath and the aviators met their separate fates in the air"--Provided by publisher.
The Cold War
A New History
Paperback ISBN: 0143038273
Evaluates the second half of the twentieth century in light of its first fifty years, chronicling how the world transformed from a dark era of international communism and nuclear weapons to a time of political and economic freedom. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.