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Watson, Peter 1943-

Works: 96 works in 601 publications in 8 languages and 17,906 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  War stories  Biography  Novels  Thrillers (Fiction)  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other
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Most widely held works about Peter Watson
Most widely held works by Peter Watson
The Medici conspiracy : the illicit journey of looted antiquities, from Italy's tomb raiders to the world's greatest museums by Peter Watson( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the network of dealers and smugglers who have placed stolen European artifacts into the hands of museums and wealthy collectors
The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century by Peter Watson( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of "War on the Mind" presents a major narrative history of the thoughts, ideas, individuals, scientific discoveries, literature, and art of the 20th century. This major narrative history of the people and ideas that shaped the modern world is a brilliantly reasoned examination of the thought and individuals that made twentieth-century culture. From Freud to Babbitt, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the books range is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Beginning with four seminal ideas that were introduced in 1900 -- the unconscious, the gene, the quantum, and Picasso's first paintings in Paris-Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the past century. The book is divided into four parts -- Freud to Wittgenstein; Spengler to Animal Farm; Sartre to the Sea of Tranquillity; the counterculture to Kosovo -- and there are forty-two chapters. Watson emphasizes that "the century may be understood as a period during which the scientific method colonized all modes of thought and changed the way thinking is done." He sees the first half of the century as a period of discovery and the last half as a period of analysis, synthesis, and understanding, and he explores the role of the United States in setting the century's agenda in many areas. Unlike more conventional histories, in which the focus is on political events and personalities, The Modern Mind is an illuminating blueprint of twentieth-century thought and culture and the men and women who created it
The German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth century by Peter Watson( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A virtuosic cultural history of German ideas and influence, from 1750 to the present day"--
Twins : an uncanny relationship? by Peter Watson( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Identical twins provide a unique opportunity for human genetic research: two individuals who are genetically the same, and who differences must be due to their environment. The ultimate experiment for such research is the study of identical twins who were separated at birth and reared in completely different homes, but while identical twins are scarce, those adopted into different families are rarer still. Now scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered sixteen such pairs of siblings, and the results of their inquiries have stirred worldwide interest. For the lives of these twins reveal startling coincidences: twins who bought the same make of diary the same (and only) year and filled in entries for the same dates; twins who drove identical cars across the country each year to vacation at the same small beach in Florida; twins who arrived at the study center in Minneapolis and found each other wearing exactly the same clothes -- or the same jewelry. Telepathy? A 'spooky' bond between twins? Or just plain coincidence? Peter Watson relates the findings of the Minnesota study and explores the mathematical probability of the twins' similarities to see just how unusual they actually are. He also examines other twin reseach being conducted throughout the world, all of which raises a vital question: Are we subject to a genetic determinism that is stronger than any external influence? The answer is as yet unknown, but it appears that the role of genetics is far greater that had been thought. Twins is a provocative investigation of research that has implications for us all."--Jacket
War on the mind : the military uses and abuses of psychology by Peter Watson( Book )

36 editions published between 1978 and 1985 in 4 languages and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology and race by Peter Watson( Book )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2017 in English and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Violent resistance -- Changing the minority-group member -- Conclusion -- The need for research -- References -- B Focus on the Minority Group -- 7 Colour: The Nature and Meaning of Negro Self-Identity -- The development of self-identity in the Negro -- Racial conceptions -- Racial evaluations -- Sources and consequences of conflict in Negro self-identity -- The Negro self-image: Its effects on behaviour and experience -- Sources of conflict -- Positive self-identity: some resources -- References -- 8 Status: The Marginal Reaction - Mixed-Bloods and Jews -- Park and Stonequist -- Objections and reformulations -- Past and future empirical research -- References -- 9 Migration: Problems of Adjustment and Assimilation in Immigrants -- Socialization and resocialization -- Definition of terms -- The adjustment of immigrants -- Satisfaction as an index of immigrant adjustment -- Mental health o f immigrants -- The assimilation of immigrants -- The relationships between the different aspects of assimilation -- Frames of reference in assimilation -- Conclusion -- References -- C Focus on the Interaction -- 10 Interpersonal Attitudes and Behaviour in Race Relations -- Definitions -- A more detailed analysis -- Summary of the relationships among the concepts -- Some studies which illustrate these connections -- Similarity and interpersonal attitudes -- Attitude and behaviour -- Individual differences in interpersonal attitudes -- Social structural determinants of interpersonal attitudes -- General overview -- An analysis of a riot -- References -- 11 Negro Performance in Interracial Situations -- Interracial situations -- Psychological analysis of interracial performance settings -- Factors which may have a detrimental effect -- Factors which improve Negro performance -- Summary - Five-factor model -- The low-achieving Negro student -- References
From Manet to Manhattan : the rise of the modern art market by Peter Watson( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This remarkable book begins with all the dramatic immediacy of a blockbuster novel. Peter Watson takes us behind the scenes at the Christie's auction where van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold for a world record price of $82.5 million. It was the first time such access had ever been granted a writer. The author then turns back the clock to trace the rise of the art market from three key events that took place in Paris, New York and London in 1882, through three
The death of Hitler : the full story with new evidence from secret Russian archives by Ada Petrova( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking book, which reads like a riveting detective story, Ada Petrova and Peter Watson provide the answers to these two questions. Given access to the Russians' hitherto unseen Hitler Archive - File I-G-23, the so-called Operation Myth File - they reveal not only the truth of what went on in Berlin in May 1945 after the Russians captured the bunker in which Hitler, Eva Braun, and their entourage spent their last days, but also why the Soviet regime felt the details of the Fuhrer's death had to be kept secret for so long. Further, they explain how and why his body and those of Braun, Josef and Magda Goebbels, and the Goebbels' six children were secretly buried in Magdeburg, East Germany, and finally disinterred and cremated in 1970 by order of the then KGB chief Yuri Andropov
Ideas : a history of thought and invention, from fire to Freud by Peter Watson( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Turkish and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this hugely ambitious and stimulating book, Peter Watson describes the history of ideas, from deep antiquity to the present day, leading to a new way of understanding our world and ourselves. The narrative begins nearly two million years ago with the invention of hand-axes and explores how some of our most cherished notions might have originated before humans had language. Then, in a broad sweep, the book moves forward to consider not the battles and treaties of kings and prime ministers, emperors and generals, but the most important ideas we have evolved, by which we live and which separate us from other animals. Watson explores the first languages and the first words, the birth of the gods, the origins of art, the profound intellectual consequences of money. He describes the invention of writing, early ideas about law, why sacrifice and the soul have proved so enduring in religion. He explains how ideas about time evolved, how numbers were conceived, how science, medicine, sociology, economics, and capitalism came into being. He shows how the discovery of the New World changed forever the way that we think, and why Chinese creativity faded after the Middle Ages. In the course of this commanding narrative, Watson reveals the linkages down the ages in the ideas of many apparently disparate philosophers, astronomers, religious leaders, biologists, inventors, poets, jurists, and scores of others. Aristotle jostles with Aquinas, Ptolemy with Photius, Kalidasa with Zhu Xi, Beethoven with Strindberg, Jefferson with Freud. Ideas is a seminal work
Sotheby's : the inside story by Peter Watson( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An expose of the Old Master laundering and antiquities smuggling that hide like pentimenti underneath the prestigious Sotheby's image--a story recently reported on 60 Minutes. Watson's revelatory investigations arrive opportunely, as the big auction houses are enjoying record sales and dodging government inquiries in both America and England. Sotheby's set itself up for whistle-blowing in 1989 when they laid off James Hodges, a not-too honest administrator in their London antiquities department. After Sotheby's later accused him of theft, forgery, and embezzlement, he went to Watson with three suitcases full of papers he'd accumulated over his tenure there, which showed his former employer to be deeply involved in questionable, if not outright criminal, behavior. In 1991 a jury found Hodges guilty of theft (a missing ancient helmet and bowl were in his possession), but he had provided Watson with a well-documented glimpse of Sotheby's shadier business dealings. The company did not simply fail to examine dealers' credentials and titles of ownership, but actually colluded in the act of smuggling paintings from Italy, pottery from Greece, and statuary from India, actions requiring false identities, secret bank accounts, tax evasion, and bribery. Watson went on to considerably broaden the scope of his investigation. Like his The Caravaggio Conspiracy (1985), this book includes episodes that seem to come right out of a Frederick Forsyth plot, such as Watson's participation in a nighttime police raid on Italian tomb robbers and his assumption of a false identity to probe a Delhi ' dealer.' His pi ce de r sistance details an elaborate sting in which he and some partners purchased an Old Master painting in Italy and presented it to Sotheby's there for sale. The house, deciding that the painting would fetch more at an auction in London, colluded, Watson claims, in moving the work illegally out of Italy. Part insider's investigation and part true-crime tale, Watson's work is a timely, shocking, and compelling look at the seamy underside of the trade in art and artifacts
Madeleine's war : a novel by Peter Watson( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A compulsively readable blend of romance and drama based on actual events in Britain and France leading up to D-Day in 1944 Matthew Hammond is a British military officer posted to the European theater during World War II. He sustained a serious injury on the front lines, so bad, in fact, that it cost him a lung. Now he is back in England, unable to fight, but he continues to serve his country by training new resistance fighters. One of the recruits under his tutelage is Madeleine, a spellbinding, impassioned French-Canadian with eyes of "burnished whiskey." Despite protocols discouraging romance, they are deeply in love, and Matthew is torn about putting Madeleine's life in danger. He already has one tragic affair with a Resistance fighter under his belt--his former lover, Celestine, was killed because her assassination of a German doctor went awry. But the Allies are mustering all their resources for crucial beach landings in Normandy, and Matthew knows his unit will need to play a role. It will be a very dangerous mission: parachuting in behind the Nazi line. As Madeleine progresses through the training with her fellow recruits, Matthew can only hope that luck will guide her through when the drop finally arrives."--
The age of atheists : how we have sought to live since the death of god by Peter Watson( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the way atheism has evolved, deepened, matured, and gained unprecedented resonance and popularity as it has sought to replace an unknowable God in the afterlife with the voluptuous detail and warmth of this life, woven into art, philosophy, science, and a rational, secular morality
The Caravaggio conspiracy : how five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses, and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world's most beautiful stolen paintings by Peter Watson( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true story of deception, theft and smuggling in the art world by the man known as "John Blake". - cover. How five art dealers, four policemen, three picture restorers, two auction houses, and a journalist plotted to recover some of the world's most beautiful stolen paintings
The great divide : nature and human nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Compares and contrasts the development of humankind in the old world and the new between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and cites climate, domesticable animals, and hallucinogenic plants as the reasons for the discrepancy"--Provided by publisher
Wisdom and strength : the biography of a Renaissance masterpiece by Peter Watson( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and Dutch and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ontstaan en levensloop van het schilderij "Een allegorie op wijsheid en kracht" (1576) van Veronese, alsmede tal van bijzonderheden over de veelal extravagante bezitters, hun milieu en hun tijd
Convergence : the idea at the heart of science : how the different disciplines are coming together to tell one coherent, interlocking story, and making science the basis for other forms of knowledge by Peter Watson( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Convergence is a history of modern science with an original and significant twist. Various scientific disciplines, despite their very different beginnings, have been coming together over the past 150 years, converging and coalescing. Intimate connections have been discovered between physics and chemistry, psychology and biology, genetics and linguistics. In this groundbreaking book, Peter Watson identifies one extraordinary master narrative, capturing how the sciences are slowly resolving into one overwhelming, interlocking story about the universe. Watson begins his narrative in the 1850s, the decade when, he argues, the convergence of the sciences began. The idea of the conservation of energy was introduced in this decade, as was Darwin's theory of evolution--both of which rocketed the sciences forward and revealed unimagined interconnections and overlaps between disciplines. The story then proceeds from each major breakthrough and scientist to the next, leaping between fields and linking them together. Decade after decade, the story captures every crucial scientific advance en route to the present, proceeding like a cosmic detective story, or the world's most massive code-breaking effort. Watson's is a thrilling new approach to the history of science, revealing how each piece falls into place and how each uncovers an "emerging order." Convergence is, as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has put it, "the deepest thing about the universe." And Watson's comprehensive and eye-opening book argues that all our scientific efforts are indeed approaching unity. Told through the eyes of the scientists themselves, charting each discovery and breakthrough, Convergence is a gripping way to learn what we now know about the universe and where our inquiries are heading"--From hardback edition
Landscape of lies by Peter Watson( Book )

29 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isobel Sadler is dead broke. The only thing she's got that might bring in any money is a stupendously bad painting that's been in her family for generations. It's so ugly she can't imagine it would be worth much, but the other night someone tried to steal it. Mystified, she turns to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-centuryt treasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries
Ideas : a history from fire to Freud by Peter Watson( Book )

35 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought - tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding - Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious areas are tackled - the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet
The Nazi's wife by Peter Watson( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stolen gold and forbidden love intertwine in this riveting novel set during the last days of the Third Reich by "a superb writer and a masterful storyteller" (Houston Chronicle). Walter Wolff, an officer in the US Army's art recovery unit, has been assigned to track down a priceless collection of gold coins stolen from a monastery in Austria. General Eisenhower believes the treasure could be melted down and used to finance the escape plans of high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Martin Bormann. So Wolff sets out in pursuit of Bormann's right-hand man, Rudolf von Zell, the last person known to possess the coins. His only lead is von Zell's beautiful, enigmatic wife, Konstanze. But as Wolff works to win Konstanze's trust, he finds himself falling in love with her. As their relationship intensifies, so too does the pressure to fulfill his mission-only at what cost' Inspired by real events involving one of the Monuments Men, The Nazi's Wife is an "outstanding story" featuring "exceptionally good writing" (The Daily Telegraph)
Nureyev : a biography by Peter Watson( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografi om den rusiskfødte balletdanser (1938-1993)
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The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th century
The modern mind : an intellectual history of the 20th centuryThe German genius : Europe's third renaissance, the second scientific revolution, and the twentieth centuryPsychology and raceThe death of Hitler : the full story with new evidence from secret Russian archivesIdeas : a history of thought and invention, from fire to FreudSotheby's : the inside storyThe great divide : nature and human nature in the Old World and the NewLandscape of lies
Alternative Names

controlled identityFord, Mackenzie

Peter Watson britischer Kunsthistoriker und Krimiautor

Peter Watson Brits kunsthistoricus

Watoson, Pītā 1943-

Watson, P.

Watson, Peter F. 1943-

Watson, Peter Frank 1943-

Питер Уотсон

ווטסון, פיטר

پیتر واتسون

ワトスン, ピーター

ワトソン, ピーター

彼得·華生 (歷史學者)

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