- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; UNKNOWN edition (1 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184887670X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848876705
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 4.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
History's Daybook: A History of the World in 366 Quotations Hardcover – 1 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Peter Furtado was the editor of History Today from 1998 to 2008. An author and publisher, he has also edited many reference works on world history, including Cassell's Atlas of World History, and recently founded Historyfm, a consultancy and historical talent agency. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt. by Oxford Brookes University in recognition of his work in the promotion of history.
Top Customer Reviews
It contains many standard historical 'moments' like the execution of Charles II (30 January 1649); the relief of Mafeking, May 1900; the assassination of John Kennedy, November 1963 but also, for instance, Margaret Thatcher commenting optimistically on the political appearance of Gorbachev when he was appointed general secretary in March 1985 ('he firmly believes in his political system, I firmly believe in mine'!!), Thoreau observing the arrival of spring in March 1859 and the Beatles arriving in New York in February 1964 (Journalist: 'What do you think of Beethoven?' Ringo Starr: 'Great. Especially his poems').
Each entry consists of a quotation for/made on the day and then a little piece giving the historical and political context. There's a good sources and credits section so you can follow up the piece you've just read if you want and there's a chronology and an index so you can surf for particular entries by country or date or personality or just browse for interest.
This would be a good book to give someone with an interest in history or just a broad interest in the world and events that have happened in the past and which we may vaguely know about but wonder about the detail of or when they actually happened. Having read William the Conqueror's last confession (9 September 1087)in which he confessed to have been pretty nasty to the English I found myself thinking maybe he deserved that fall from his horse and being stripped nearly naked by his assistants who ran off with his possessions and then his body burst while they were trying to stuff it in a stone sarchophagus! Ho, ho, the demise of tyrants.
So if you want to be endlessly entertained and amused, become a dates geek, irritate your family or give great pleasure to that knowledge hound you know, I'd say this is a book well worth buying.