WorldCat Identities

Watson, Peter 1943-

Works: 114 works in 671 publications in 9 languages and 18,207 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Historical fiction  War stories  Novels  Thrillers (Fiction)  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Television programs  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Translator, Other
Classifications: CB69, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Peter Watson
Most widely held works by Peter Watson
The Medici conspiracy : the illicit journey of looted antiquities, from Italy's tomb raiders to the world's greatest museums by Peter Watson( Book )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the network of dealers and smugglers who have placed stolen European artifacts into the hands of museums and wealthy collectors
The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century by Peter Watson( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of "War on the Mind" presents a major narrative history of the thoughts, ideas, individuals, scientific discoveries, literature, and art of the 20th century. This major narrative history of the people and ideas that shaped the modern world is a brilliantly reasoned examination of the thought and individuals that made twentieth-century culture. From Freud to Babbitt, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the books range is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Beginning with four seminal ideas that were introduced in 1900 -- the unconscious, the gene, the quantum, and Picasso's first paintings in Paris-Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the past century. The book is divided into four parts -- Freud to Wittgenstein; Spengler to Animal Farm; Sartre to the Sea of Tranquility; the counterculture to Kosovo -- and there are forty-two chapters. Watson emphasizes that "the century may be understood as a period during which the scientific method colonized all modes of thought and changed the way thinking is done." He sees the first half of the century as a period of discovery and the last half as a period of analysis, synthesis, and understanding, and he explores the role of the United States in setting the century's agenda in many areas. Unlike more conventional histories, in which the focus is on political events and personalities, The Modern Mind is an illuminating blueprint of twentieth-century thought and culture and the men and women who created it
The German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth century by Peter Watson( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A virtuosic cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day"-- Provided by publisher
Psychology and race by Peter Watson( Book )

30 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the problems of race relations are worldwide, the international origins and perspectives of this excellent and timely book are especially advantageous. More research has been done in the United States than elsewhere on the psychology of race relations, so it is appropriate that a plurality of the chapters of this book are by American authors--a stellar group that includes leading contributors to our contemporary knowledge of the topic. Contributors from the English-speaking Commonwealth countries are next in number, followed by authors from the United Kingdom, where race-related issues have only recently become a salient concern of politics and social ethics. The editor has assigned topics to his carefully chosen author-experts not by country or region, but by matching the expertise of each author against a need for coherent analysis of the important aspects of aepsychology and race.'Psychology and Race is divided into two major parts. The first half of the book looks at the interracial situation itself. The first section concentrates on the majority or dominant group, and describes the development and measurement of racial awareness and prejudice and techniques for reducing prejudice; the second section focuses on the reactions of subordinate or minority groups; and the third deals with specific aspects of interpersonal interaction-attitudes, behavior, and performance--when the people concerned are of different races. The book also looks at those areas of life where race is relevant and where psychology can help in an understanding of the situation. The scope of this volume, the distinction of its authors, and the hardheaded sense of reality it brings to the discussion of these extremely complex issues will make it an invaluable resource not only for teachers and students but also for everyone concerned in any way with this most pressing issue of our times."--Provided by publisher
Twins : an uncanny relationship? by Peter Watson( Book )

7 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Identical twins provide a unique opportunity for human genetic research: two individuals who are genetically the same, and whose differences must be due to their environment. The ultimate experiment for such research is the study of identical twins who were separated at birth and reared in completely different homes, but while identical twins are scarce, those adopted into different families are rarer still. Now scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered sixteen such pairs of siblings, and the results of their inquiries have stirred worldwide interest. For the lives of these twins reveal startling coincidences: twins who bought the same make of diary the same (and only) year and filled in entries for the same dates; twins who drove identical cars across the country each year to vacation at the same small beach in Florida; twins who arrived at the study center in Minneapolis and found each other wearing exactly the same clothes -- or the same jewelry. Telepathy? A 'spooky' bond between twins? Or just plain coincidence? Peter Watson relates the findings of the Minnesota study and explores the mathematical probability of the twins' similarities to see just how unusual they actually are. He also examines other twin research being conducted throughout the world, all of which raises a vital question: Are we subject to a genetic determinism that is stronger than any external influence? The answer is as yet unknown, but it appears that the role of genetics is far greater that had been thought. Twins is a provocative investigation of research that has implications for us all."--Jacket
War on the mind : the military uses and abuses of psychology by Peter Watson( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and Spanish and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of atheists : how we have sought to live since the death of god by Peter Watson( Book )

34 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the way atheism has evolved, deepened, matured, and gained unprecedented resonance and popularity as it has sought to replace an unknowable God in the afterlife with the voluptuous detail and warmth of this life, woven into art, philosophy, science, and a rational, secular morality
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market by Peter Watson( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vocation since the days of ancient Rome, and it is this crucial link between art and commerce that makes Mr. Watson's history such absorbing one. He has produced a book that is rich in both scholarship and anecdote, one that traces not only the development of the great auction houses, like Sotheby's and Christie's, and the recent and spectacular involvement of Japanese buyers, but also the development of that fascinating breed the dealers: flamboyant salesmen, fastidious
Ideas : a history of thought and invention, from fire to Freud by Peter Watson( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Turkish and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this hugely ambitious and stimulating book, Peter Watson describes the history of ideas, from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves. The narrative begins nearly two million years ago with the invention of hand-axes and explores how some of our most cherished notions might have originated before humans had language. Then, in a broad sweep, the book moves forward to consider not the battles and treaties of kings and prime ministers, emperors and generals, but the most important ideas we have evolved, by which we live and which separate us from other animals. Watson explores the first languages and the first words, the birth of the gods, the origins of art, the profound intellectual consequences of money. He describes the invention of writing, early ideas about law, why sacrifice and the soul have proved so enduring in religion. He explains how ideas about time evolved, how numbers were conceived, how science, medicine, sociology, economics, and capitalism came into being. He shows how the discovery of the New World changed forever the way that we think, and why Chinese creativity faded after the Middle Ages. In the course of this commanding narrative, Watson reveals the linkages down the ages in the ideas of many apparently disparate philosophers, astronomers, religious leaders, biologists, inventors, poets, jurists, and scores of others. Aristotle jostles with Aquinas, Ptolemy with Photius, Kalidasa with Zhu Xi, Beethoven with Strindberg, Jefferson with Freud. Ideas is a seminal work
Sotheby's : the inside story by Peter Watson( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1995, the art world was electrified by a British TV documentary and its sequel that detailed rigged sales at the prestigious international auction house of Sotheby and its complicity in smuggling and selling old-master paintings and ancient artifacts from Italy, Greece and India. Although these practices were not news to many art world professionals, their impact was shocking when confirmed on film. The revelations resulted from more than five years of undercover investigation by journalist and art researcher Watson (The Caravaggio Conspiracy). Tipped off by a disgruntled Sotheby employee who provided damning internal documents, the author undertook an investigation worthy of Scotland Yard. He followed a labyrinthine trail that led to secret buyers, dealers, museum officers, couriers, Sotheby factotums and, ultimately, to the auction floor. Watson's book, an expansion of his TV scripts, provides such dizzying masses of detail that the moral drama is, for the general reader, overwhelming. The auction house maintains it has done nothing illegal, but Watson's expose may have an effect on its practices and alert otherwise unsuspecting buyers and governments attempting to protect their national treasures
Convergence : the idea at the heart of science : how the different disciplines are coming together to tell one coherent, interlocking story, and making science the basis for other forms of knowledge by Peter Watson( Book )

18 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing. Intimate connections have been discovered between physics and chemistry, psychology and biology, genetics and linguistics. In this groundbreaking book, Peter Watson identifies one extraordinary master narrative, capturing how the sciences are slowly resolving into one overwhelming, interlocking story about the universe. Watson begins his narrative in the 1850s, the decade when, he argues, the convergence of the sciences began. The idea of the conservation of energy was introduced in this decade, as was Darwin's theory of evolution--both of which rocketed the sciences forward and revealed unimagined interconnections and overlaps between disciplines. The story then proceeds from each major breakthrough and scientist to the next, leaping between fields and linking them together. Decade after decade, the story captures every crucial scientific advance en route to the present, proceeding like a cosmic detective story, or the world's most massive code-breaking effort. Watson's is a thrilling new approach to the history of science, revealing how each piece falls into place and how each uncovers an "emerging order." Convergence is, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has put it, "the deepest thing about the universe." And Watson's comprehensive and eye-opening book argues that all our scientific efforts are indeed approaching unity. Told through the eyes of the scientists themselves, charting each discovery and breakthrough, Convergence is a gripping way to learn what we now know about the universe and where our inquiries are heading."--Jacket
The death of Hitler : the full story with new evidence from secret Russian archives by Ada Petrova( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking book, which reads like a riveting detective story, Ada Petrova and Peter Watson provide the answers to these two questions. Given access to the Russians' hitherto unseen Hitler Archive - File I-G-23, the so-called Operation Myth File - they reveal not only the truth of what went on in Berlin in May 1945 after the Russians captured the bunker in which Hitler, Eva Braun, and their entourage spent their last days, but also why the Soviet regime felt the details of the Fuhrer's death had to be kept secret for so long. Further, they explain how and why his body and those of Braun, Josef and Magda Goebbels, and the Goebbels' six children were secretly buried in Magdeburg, East Germany, and finally disinterred and cremated in 1970 by order of the then KGB chief Yuri Andropov
Madeleine's war : a novel by Peter Watson( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A compulsively readable blend of romance and drama based on actual events in Britain and France leading up to D-Day in 1944 Matthew Hammond is a British military officer posted to the European theater during World War II. He sustained a serious injury on the front lines, so bad, in fact, that it cost him a lung. Now he is back in England, unable to fight, but he continues to serve his country by training new resistance fighters. One of the recruits under his tutelage is Madeleine, a spellbinding, impassioned French-Canadian with eyes of "burnished whiskey." Despite protocols discouraging romance, they are deeply in love, and Matthew is torn about putting Madeleine's life in danger. He already has one tragic affair with a Resistance fighter under his belt--his former lover, Celestine, was killed because her assassination of a German doctor went awry. But the Allies are mustering all their resources for crucial beach landings in Normandy, and Matthew knows his unit will need to play a role. It will be a very dangerous mission: parachuting in behind the Nazi line. As Madeleine progresses through the training with her fellow recruits, Matthew can only hope that luck will guide her through when the drop finally arrives."--
The Caravaggio conspiracy : how five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses, and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world's most beautiful stolen paintings by Peter Watson( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true story of deception, theft and smuggling in the art world by the man known as "John Blake"--Cover. How five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses, and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world's most beautiful stolen paintings
The great divide : nature and human nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Compares and contrasts the development of humankind in the old world and the new between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and cites climate, domesticable animals, and hallucinogenic plants as the reasons for the discrepancy"--Provided by publisher
Wisdom and strength : the biography of a Renaissance masterpiece by Peter Watson( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and Dutch and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A biography of the painting Wisdom and Strength, detailing its owners' lives and piccadillos, Paolo Veronese' influence, and its ups and downs in the world of art and life."
Landscape of lies by Peter Watson( Book )

31 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isobel Sadler is dead broke. The only thing she's got that might bring in any money is a stupendously bad painting that's been in her family for generations. It's so ugly she can't imagine it would be worth much, but the other night someone tried to steal it. Mystified, she turns to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-centuryt treasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries
Fallout : Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb by Peter Watson( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The justification for the atomic bomb was simple: it would defeat Hitler and end the Second World War faster, saving lives. The reality was different. [This book] dismantles the conventional story of why the atom bomb was built. Peter Watson has found new documents showing that long before the Allied bomb was operational, it was clear that Germany had no atomic weapons of its own and was not likely to. The British knew this, but didn't share their knowledge with the Americans, who in turn deceived the British about the extent to which the Soviets had penetrated their plans to build and deploy the bomb. The dark secret was that the bomb was dropped not to decisively end the war in the Pacific but to warn off Stalin's Russia, still in principle a military ally of the US and Britain. It did not bring a hot war to an abrupt end; instead it set up the terms for a Cold one to begin. Moreover, none of the scientists recruited to build the bomb had any idea that the purpose of the bomb had been secretly changed and that Russian deterrence was its new objective. Fallout vividly reveals the story of the unnecessary building of the atomic bomb, the most destructive weapon in the world, and the long-term consequences that are still playing out to this day."--Jacket
The Nazi's wife by Peter Watson( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stolen gold and forbidden love intertwine in this riveting novel set during the last days of the Third Reich by "a superb writer and a masterful storyteller" (Houston Chronicle). Walter Wolff, an officer in the US Army's art recovery unit, has been assigned to track down a priceless collection of gold coins stolen from a monastery in Austria. General Eisenhower believes the treasure could be melted down and used to finance the escape plans of high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Martin Bormann. So Wolff sets out in pursuit of Bormann's right-hand man, Rudolf von Zell, the last person known to possess the coins. His only lead is von Zell's beautiful, enigmatic wife, Konstanze. But as Wolff works to win Konstanze's trust, he finds himself falling in love with her. As their relationship intensifies, so too does the pressure to fulfill his mission-only at what cost' Inspired by real events involving one of the Monuments Men, The Nazi's Wife is an "outstanding story" featuring "exceptionally good writing" (The Daily Telegraph)
Ideas : a history from fire to Freud by Peter Watson( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought - tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding - Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious areas are tackled - the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.19 for Madeleine' ... to 0.71 for Ideas : a ...)

The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century
The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th centuryThe German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth centuryPsychology and raceIdeas : a history of thought and invention, from fire to FreudSotheby's : the inside storyThe death of Hitler : the full story with new evidence from secret Russian archivesThe great divide : nature and human nature in the Old World and the NewLandscape of liesIdeas : a history from fire to Freud
Alternative Names

controlled identityFord, Mackenzie

Peter Watson britischer Kunsthistoriker und Krimiautor

Peter Watson Brits kunsthistoricus

Watoson, Pītā 1943-

Watson, Peter F. 1943-

Watson, Peter Frank 1943-

Watson, Peter Frank Patrick 1943-

Питер Уотсон

ווטסון, פיטר

بيتر واتسون

پیتر واتسون

왓슨, 피터 1943-

ワトスン, ピーター

ワトソン, ピーター

彼得·華生 (歷史學者)

English (348)

Spanish (26)

German (15)

Dutch (5)

French (4)

Chinese (4)

Turkish (2)

Japanese (2)

Swedish (1)