By Bernard Wasserstein
It was once a century of barbarism and civilization, of cruelty and tenderness, of technological success and environmental spoliation, of imperial enlargement and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression - and of individualism resurgent.
Covering every thing from battle and politics to social, cultural, and financial switch, Barbarism and Civilization is by means of turns grim, funny, spectacular, and enlightening: a window at the century we've left at the back of and the earliest years of its afflicted successor.
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