A Thread of Years by John Lukacs

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In this book historian John Lukacs presents a series of fictionalized vignettes of daily life as experienced by ordinary individuals in the United States (although Lukacs takes us to some European countries as well), each in a year from 1901 to 1969, and each followed by a short dialogue in which the author argues with an interlocutor (who may or may not be himself) over why he has chosen to develop a given scenario in that particular year and what its significance might be. The period represents the life of a single man, K, which Lukacs weaves an and out of the text and through which can be traced the leitmotif of the book: the decline of Anglo-American civilization and of the ideal of the gentleman. The book is primarily a work in the history of manners and mores, a succession of sketches that brings the reader into the inner and often undeclared life of individuals and places them in the larger dramas of historical process in this century.

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John Lukacs is the author of more than twenty books on history.
Published January 1, 1998 by Yale University Press. 490 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The prolific Lukacs, author or editor of 18 previous books (including The Hitler of History), has written something so original in form that describing it is difficult.

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