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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036158
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written by an expert team of academics, scientists and history writers More than 700 photographs and illustrations bringing to life the events that shaped the world as we know it today Will appeal to anyone with an interest in culture, history and world events.

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Peter Furtado has been the editor of History Today magazine since 1998. He holds degrees in history and art history from Oxford University and has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History which was "wholly admirable...a great achievement" (Daily Telegraph). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By King Chimps on 26 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I got this badboy for £5 in my local bargain bookstore and I have to say I am mightily pleased! I would have paid the initial £20, such is the quality of this book! A superb overview of history, from the big bang to 9/11 and beyond! Great pictures, quotes, and written in an engaging and informative way. Everyone who sees this book picks it up and finds something of interest within the many pages, often spurring them to read more about a subject or event. Regarding the other negative review, I would say that of course within 1001 events there are going to be some subjective choices that not everyone will agree with, but all the important dates are covered, and many more besides! If you don't learn something from this book you are a cyborg. Bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Gladding on 1 Jan. 2013
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I found this book really very interesting and I would recommend it as a gift for a history buff but have a read before you wrap it up
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Guide to Events That Made Us Who We Are! 26 Feb. 2009
By Michael OConnor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lately we have been deluged with 'number books' - 100 PLACES TO SEE, 501 MOVIE STARS and so on. The latest entry in the field is 1001 DAYS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD, a marvelous and informative snapshot guide to key events that shaped our world. History buffs, trivia buffs and would-be Renaissance men and women will want to pick up a copy. This book, to quote Mr. Spock, is endlessly "fascinating."

1001 DAYS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD is a door-stopper of a book, some 960 pages long. It has to be since its coverage of the most significant moments in human history starts with the "big bang," ends with the May 2008 China earthquake and spans the globe. Each entry, which can be an event, invention, idea or creation, is given a half- or full-page summary, often with an accompanying illustration.

Just about all the "usual (historical) suspects" are here: the Battle of Marathon, RFK's assassination, the publication of THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, the founding of the Ming Dynasty, the invention of smallpox vaccine, Gutenberg's Bible, Edward VIII abdicates, Gandhi is slain, the discovery of X-Rays, the defeat of the Armada, the Magna Carta and on and on.

Yet it's the other, "not-quite-so-famous" entries that are most fascinating. Included in this category are the 1576 Antwerp massacre, Algerian independence, the 1870 doctrine of papal infallability, Jesse Owens' Olympic victory, the discovery of laughing gas, the Black Hole of Calcutta, Pocahontas weds, the death of Titian, the Marshall Plan, the first talkie, the establishment of the Mauryan empire, etc.

Leafing through the book, it's instructive to find out the who-how-and-where of these events but what's most interesting is reading why that event was so crucial.

I enjoyed 1001 DAYS THAT SHAPED THE WORLD immensely. Reading it was a true learning experience and fun to boot. While you can certainly read it start to finish, it can also be enjoyed by simply opening the book to a random page and reading the event summary. I did and kept finding myself going: "Wow, I didn't know that! That's really interesting!" Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Treasure! 3 Mar. 2010
By OutlawPoet - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First things first...

Some of the editorial reviews have absolutely nothing to do with this book. LOL - please don't get confused by the reviews talking about some books being great for pre-k.

This is a snapshot of some of the most important events and people in human history. Many of the articles are about people and events I'd never heard of. And those I had heard of, were filled with fascinating tidbits of information that made history come alive.

Science, art, invention, polictics, and pop-culture are all included.

The book leaves you feeling like you understand a bit more about how we got where we are today, and where we might be going.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful trip down memory lane's sad and glad happenings 10 Oct. 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover

Are you the kind of person who says: Do you remember when ... ?

This hardcover book measures over 2 inches thick--and every inch is used wisely. General Editor Peter Furtado has been editor of "History Today" magazine and holds a degree in history and art history from Oxford University.

Imagine deciding how to break the world's event down to just 1001 - staring from The Big Bang. The first 380 some pages cover very ancient history.

Sampling of the next section: 1700-1899. Learn about the first bicycle, Civil War, Homestead Act, the Impressionist painters, Gettysburg Address, War & Peace (1785), Golden Spike, Suez Canal; telephone (1876), light bulb (1879), motorcar (1886), Statue of Liberty (1886), Eiffel Tower (1889), X-ray (1895), moving pictures (1895), modern Olympics (1896), gold strike (1898), among others.

The 1990-1949 section sampling: Radio message (1901), Tour de France (1903), Wright Brothers flight (1903), San Francisco Earthquake (1906), various explorers, Titanic sunk (1912), WWI (1914), Prohibition/speakeasies (1920s), first television (1926), Lindbergh's solo flight (1927), first talking movie (1927), St. Valentine's Day massacre (1929), first Academy Awards (1929) Wall Street crash (10/24/29), Empire State Building (1931) Hitler is Germany's chancellor (1933), Governments --Mao, Stalin, kings/queens, Churchill, War of the Worlds broadcast (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), atom bomb (1945), UN created (1945), first bikini modeled (1946), State of Israel formed (1948). WWII dominated 1939 to 1946.

The 1950-present is an era most of us can answer, "Do you remember where you were when you heard that ...."

This section is again filled with war and warring in Korea (1950) Cuba (Bay of Pigs, 1961 and missile crisis, 1962), Vietnam, and other countries. Bombings and assassinations (President Kennedy 1963, and in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy), Russia's Sputnik (1957) and first man in space in 1961. Berlin Wall went up in 1961 and down in 1989. America's successful moon landing in 1969--while others failed, like the Challenger (1986), Elvis has No.1 song (1956 and died 1977), the Beatles on TV (1964), Jonestown massacre (1978). Many famous people died. Disneyland opened in 1955, Baghdad fell, Hurricane Katrina in 2004 and the tsunami in Indiana Ocean.

Armchair Interviews says: Read a page at a time, or inhale the world's history in chunks--this is an amazing resource and time machine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A little about a lot 19 Jan. 2009
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Survey works of this kind can be entertaining. They provide information on many subjects we may have a vague idea about, and are happy to get a better idea of. But they do not cover anything in depth, and they thus open themselves to the charge of superficiality. Moreover the whole approach here of looking at history in terms of single days. So a single day is taken for the writing of Shakespeare's sonnets, or for the appearance of Melville's 'Moby Dick'.All this hints at the fundamental truth that 'history' is processes which develop over varying periods of time. What I am trying to say is that while the whole business of looking at History in terms of individual days may give a certain perspective it is untrue to the whole movement and tenor of History.
This particular anthology has concise, readable entries and is certainly worth looking through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have Book for Every Home 4 Sept. 2012
By Gene P. Louie - Published on
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This is a must-have book for every home. To be fair, it is not perfect - there are PROS and CONS.
1. A one-half to two-thirds page text excerpt is devoted to the historical event. The interesting description is detailed enough with good background information to set up the story.
2. The remaining space has an accompanying illustration or picture.
3. On first inspection of the volume, the material was so interesting that it was hard to put down.
4. The physical construction of the book is superb - something that all hardbacks should take notice. The pages are thick and glossy. The binding is strong.
1. The bulk is devoted to Western history, especially the European sector.
2. Prehistory is almost void. In fact, the book only covers the Big Bang and the demise of the dinosaurs.
3. Ancient history is short. Greece and Rome dominate the coverage.
4. African and Asian events are sparse. A few scatterings are mixed throughout the book.
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