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Schell, Jonathan, 1943-
Unfinished twentieth century.
London ; New York : Verso, 2001
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|Description:||xiv, 104 p. ; 20 cm.|
|Contents:||The unfinished twentieth century --
The pitiless crowbar of events.
onathan Schell said what he had to say about nuclear war in "The Fate of the Earth." That book is required reading for anyone interested in the topic. He followed it with "The Abolition," which expanded the same themes and added some new information. But it wasn't essential. Now he's written this short volume which adds nothing new. He tries to find a new angle by tying the threat of nuclear war to Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." But the analogy doesn't work; it just isn't there. I was disappointed by this book. If it wasn't so short, I would have quit after 50 pages. But don't let this stop you from reading Jonathan Schell's other books.
"Surveying the century 'of the Somme, of the Gulag, of the Holocaust' and of the atomic bomb, [Schell] wonders at a certain implicit optimism among historians ready to call it 'short.'"--"The Nation"