Further Reading

Recommended reading (and viewing) for fans of The History of the Twentieth Century:


Part I (1901-1914):


The War That Ended Peace
by Margaret MacMillan

MacMillan is a scholar I admire and this book is a thorough and up-to-date examination of the causes of the Great War.


The Proud Tower
by Barbara Tuchman

This is the book that inspired The History of the Twentieth Century podcast. Tuchman is a brilliant writer, and in this collection of essays, she examines a series of issues and controversies in the run-up to the Great War. If you have listened to our podcast, you will like this book, and you will recognize the style that juxtaposes political and cultural milestones. I understand the audiobook version is awesome, too.


In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines
by Stanley Karnow

Karnow gives a thorough and brutally honest historical account of the complex relationship between the United States and the Philippines.


directed by Harold Ross

The script is witty, though a bit melodramatic, and the recreations of the Ballets Russes and of the historical period are topnotch. I only wish the ballet scenes were longer.


The Bully Pulpit
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

A joint biography of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, with an emphasis on the muckraker journalists of the era, by one of America’s greatest living biographers.


King Leopold’s Ghost
by Adam Hochschild

The definitive work on King Leopold II’s crimes in the Congo. Hochschild bravely presents a story that many would prefer to forget.


A Box of Sand
by Charles Stephenson

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only modern English-language study of this important but forgotten war.


Dawn of the Belle Époque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends
by Mary McAuliffe

Clearly a labor of love. McAuliffe tells intertwining stories of some of the key historical figures in Paris from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 through the Paris Exposition of 1900.


Twilight of the Belle Époque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War
by Mary McAuliffe

Companion volume to the above, which carries the story forward to the end of the Great War.