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About the Author
Ralph Cosham (1936-2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named Audio Best of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery.
"Remarkable...The writing is vivid; the coverage--of little countries as well as of great ones--is virtually superhuman."-- "New Yorker"
"A book that has the pace of a thriller and the scope of an encyclopedia...A very considerable achievement...Brilliant."-- "New York Review of Books"
"Massive, kaleidoscopic, and thoroughly readable...[Judt's] book now becomes the definitive account of Europe's rise from the ashes and its takeoff into an uncertain future."-- "Time"
"Nobody is more qualified than Judt to combine serious descriptive history with incisive, original political analysis, to cover both Western and Eastern Europe, and to pass stinging yet informed judgments on the behavior and evasions, the deeds and the failings, of his subjects...This monumental work is a tour de force."-- "Foreign Affairs"
"This is the best history we have of Europe in the postwar period and not likely to be surpassed for many years...Here [Judt] combines deep knowledge with a sharply honed style and an eye for the expressive detail...This is history writing at its very best."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Understanding the complicated and extensive details of the post-WWII political mop-up in Europe requires a 43-hour investment. One could never imagine the endless issues of where to return refugees and how to try war criminals, implement the Marshall Plan, and establish 5,000 miles of borders. Few listeners can hope to absorb all the complex maneuverings, but this audiobook is still worthwhile. The task becomes more palatable with the voice of narrator Ralph Cosham. His smooth facility with the spoken word and linguistic nuance keeps one moving forward. He also rises to the author's verbal complexity, in English and in delivery of smatterings of foreign words."-- "AudioFile"
"Distinguished academic historian Tony Judt's massive, sweeping, comprehensive, elegantly written, meticulously researched history...is a riveting and totally involving listening experience as narrated by Ralph Cosham. The sheer variety of languages and place names demand the most experienced and very best of readers and Cosham, a former journalist and stage and screen actor, is more than up to this task. Judt's documentation of this period is based on a lifetime of reading and research and the listen is exhilarating, revealing, and exhausting...Judt's work shows that the study of history is elusory, difficult, traumatic, 'disruptive, discomforting' but very, very necessary. Ralph Cosham's masterful reading makes this accessible to many who might find reading the nearly 850 pages intimidating or overwhelming. For anyone who listens, especially those who have lived through much of this, Postwar will be eye-opening."-- "SoundCommentary.com (starred review and Editor's Pick of the Month)"