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167) Dez grandes autores, sempre válidos...

Livros de todas as eras para o século XXI

Recolhi do site de um “book lover” americano, Richard Geib, uma lista dos dez maiores livros para iluminar o século XX. Elaborada naquele ano, acho que a lista ainda se sustenta.

Ten Books to Read for the Year 2000

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it
A sobering thought considering this our ignominious 20th century
of revolutions, totalitarian tyranny, world wars, gulags, and death camps!
Below are some recommendations for good books on 20th century history!

1) Modern Times by Paul Johnson - It takes a big mind to tackle "big" history; Johnson makes it look effortless.

2) History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - Cutting insight into the nature of realpolitik, as relevant today as in the Athens of Pericles.

3) Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Multi-media age horror story of popular culture out of control.

4) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Sir Edward Gibbon - English prose of an elegance unknown to the writers of our time, Gibbon chronicles "the triumph of barbarism and religion."

5) A History of Soviet Russia by Adam Ulam - The definitive word on the Soviet nightmare gratefully now over.

6) The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman - Captures well the old order immediately before the First World War as it prepared to commit suicide.

7) 1984 / Animal Farm by George Orwell - Hardly needs acknowledgment.

8) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer - Unerringly accurate account of the Third Reich is journalism at its best, Shirer mercilessly details the malevolence and folly of Hitler and his Germany.

9) Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone - Salvation and justice in the revolutionary "vanguard élite."

10) The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order by Samuel P. Huntington -I hugely disagree with much of what he says, but the book still makes for topical and interesting reading. (Nota PRA: EU também estou em desacordo com a maior parte das teses e da própria metodologia analítica de Huntington, mas as questões que ele coloca são reais, e merecem discussão.)

Quem é Rich Geib?. Transcrevo de seu site: “I am a lover of books and reading and writing perhaps more than anything else; there is no holier place in the world for me than a bookstore.” Acho que ele acertou...

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Acesso em 16 janeiro 2006

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