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The unfinished twentieth century

Author: Jonathan Schell
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Discusses how the nuclear build-up of the twentieth-century poses a new threat for the twenty-first century.

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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schell, Jonathan, 1943-
Unfinished twentieth century.
London ; New York : Verso, 2001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Schell
ISBN: 1859847803 9781859847800
OCLC Number: 48012948
Description: xiv, 104 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: The unfinished twentieth century --
The pitiless crowbar of events.
Responsibility: Jonathan Schell.
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The essential story of the twentieth century was the development of humankind's capacity for self-destruction. The legacy of this is vast stocks of nuclear weapons, hard to monitor, harder to destroy  Read more...


by stamref (WorldCat user on 2008-04-28)

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.


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"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 Read more...

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