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This is an auction for A HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Martin Gilbert.

This is Volume One, covering the period 1900-1933.

"How should one do justice to this first instalment of a history that will come to at least three volumes and probably close to 3000 pages?... Does it enhance the enterprise to acknowledge that Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the most prodigious of contemporary historians, with a sprawling knowledge of Asia and Europe, who has earlier recorded almost day by day the life of Winston Churchill and has written sweeping and touching volumes on the world wars, the Holocaust and related Jewish themes?"
- New York Times Book Review review:

"What a terrible disappointment the 20th century has been, said Winston Churchill in 1922. One world war was over, more than six million soldiers had been killed, and four empires had been destroyed. A second mass slaughter - in which more than 46 million would die - was yet to come, bringing in its wake the arms race, the Cold War, and the nuclear age. This volume of Martin Gilbert's three-volume history of the century opens in the age of horse-drawn travel and colonial wars. It closes this with Roosevelt as the newly elected President of the United States, the inauguration of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, and the first of Stalin's show trials. As well as chronicling the wars, revolutions, and political upheavals, Gilbert tells the stories of ordinary men and women in every continent, making them an integral part of the events of which they were sometimes the beneficiaries and often the victims."

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Large format (trade) paperback 1997.

927 pages + 53 illustrations.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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