"A global history since 1945". An irritating read. The author, a British college professor, is totally left, likes everything socialist and dislikes everything capitalist. His text is full of flattery for the left and dissing of the right. And he throws out amazing statements, like "French communists were forced out of government in 1947" with no backup, no elaboration, no quotes, no names. From what I heard, the communists were on a roll right after WWII (Poland, Czechoslovakia,Romania, Hungary, Albania, Yugoslavia, Greece, East Germany, China) and I never did hear how that roll got stopped. Here is Reynolds devoting just one sentence to a fascinating topic that deserves elaboration.
Much of his treatment of the second half of the twentieth century is superficial, a mere reciting of headlines from the era, many of which I remember, just from a casual reading of newsmagazines and newspapers. Little background to the headlines, like who was on which side, and why, and what gave victory to the winning side.