The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century Watson, Peter Harper Perennial (July 23, 2002)

History books are everywhere.  Watson’s The Modern Mind is different.  It is a book about the most important ideas and intellectual movements that took place in the 20th century.  While it can be read from cover to cover (and it was a page-turner for me) it is probably better conceived of as a reference work, being over 800 pages long.  From Freudianism to Structuralism to Sociobiology to Chaos Theory, Watson proves adept at making complex (mostly scientific) topics understandable to the lay reader.  Further, Watson conveys the emergence of these ideas in such a way that the reader leaves with a deeper understanding of the context surrounding the lives and events that fostered them.

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