A Thread of Years

Author(s): 
Lukacs, John
ISBN: 
0300080751
Date published: 
October 1999
Paperback
Price: 
£10.95
Pages: 
496

In this book distinguished historian John Lukacs presents a series of fictionalised 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 in 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.