A century of rising global culture that shifts away from Eurocentric domination.
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties
Modern Times is a center-right vision of all the highlights and hot spots of the twentieth century: the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the 1980s. Johnson's insights are often brilliant about the vast wealth of events, personages and historical changes that make up this stormy "short" century.
The Age Of Extremes
Here is a history from center-left perspective that offers a powerful interpretation of economic transformation, mass slaughter and social upheaval. The stories are presented with vibrancy, inclusiveness and insight.
The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
This volume presents the major writers, artists, scientists and philosophers of the last century with a fluent and engaging narrative. The 20th century dawned with optimism about the moral, social and scientific progress of humanity and ended with confidence in technology and free-market economics.
The Rest Is Noise: Listening To The Twentieth Century
A rare and successful weaving together of musical and cultural history, at once sweeping and accessible, with the most extraordinary cast of characters drawn from music and history alike.
Hip: The History
This is the story of how American pop culture has evolved throughout the twentieth century to its current position as cultural touchstone for the world. The book provides an incisive account of hip's quest for authenticity as it helps shape -and continues to influence- the United States' view of itself, and the world's view of the United States.
An Introduction To Contemporary History
This book was published fifty years ago, but still has a powerful vision. The chapters construct a workable system for understanding the events of global history from a mid-twentieth century view-point..
Chronical of the 20th Century
Although this book was published in 1987 and misses the last 13 years of the century, it is still a useful reference about people and events. It's not a narrative book that reads cover to cover, but is very helpful as a companion resource, while reading other narrative histories.
Twentieth Century: the History of the World 1901 to 2000
Here is a narrative history of the twentieth century with great sweep and clarity. Global in scope, accurate facts and lucid and dramatic in presentation.
A History of the World in the 20th Century
This is a topical book that provides extensive detail about global history in the twentieth century. It is an excellent companion reading source to expand on narrative history.
The Columbia History of the 20th Century
A topical edited history. Rather than presenting a linear narrative, each author uncovers patterns of worldwide change. These linked interpretive essays offer much more than a chronicle of front-page news, they present the most significant developments of the 20th century - ranging from athletics to art, the economy to the environment.
As decades go by the twentieth century will recede, but it will not go away. It was a century of vast change and these books provide access to the people, cultures, stories and events that most represent this hundred years. As the 20th century closed so did the modern industrial era as the digital era took hold.