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Judt draws provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from the history of the neglect and recovery of the Holocaust and the challenge of ‘evil’ in understanding the European past, to the rise and fall of the state in public affairs and the displacement of history by ‘heritage’.Ranging with his trademark acuity and élan from Belgium to Israel, from the memory of Marxism to the practice of foreign policy, he takes us beyond what we think we know to show us how we came to know it, and reveals how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory. His book is a road map back to the historical sense we urgently need.
‘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is history-writing with a human face, as well as with brainpower… It is most unlikely that Judt's achievement will be superseded soon.’ Norman Davies, Guardian
‘'Truly superb - a magnificent achievement. It is hard to imagine how a better - and morereadable - history of the emergence of today's Europe from the ashes of 1945 could ever be written...A real masterpiece.'Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler
‘A superb work of synthesis, analysis and reflection.’ Timothy Garton-Ash, TLS, Books of the Year
‘A hugely impressive work, vigorously and lucidly written... Its range is awe-inspiring.' Marina Warner, Observer, Books of the Year
‘Masterly and exhilarating... This is a splendid book to which no review can do proper justice.’ Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Spectator