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Titans of History [Paperback]

Simon Sebag Montefiore
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7 Jun 2012

Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of our pre-eminent historians, presents the lives of the giants who have made our world. The cast varies from conquerors, poets, kings, empresses and whores to psychopaths, composers and explorers.

Informative, entertaining, inspiring and sometimes horrifying, this is a history of the world that contains the stories and characters that everyone should know and no one should forget.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780870264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780870267
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is the novelist and historian whose bestselling books, published in over 40 languages, have won prizes both in fiction and non-fiction.
'One Night in Winter' won the Best Political Novel of the Year Prize and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. His thriller-love-stories set in Russia -'One Night in Winter' and 'Sashenka' - are both out in paperback.
Amongst his history books...
'Catherine the Great & Potemkin' was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. 'Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar' won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. 'Young Stalin' won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). 'Jerusalem: The Biography' won Jewish Book of the Year Prize (USA) and was Sunday Times number one non-fiction bestseller (UK).
'The Romanovs:1613-1917' will be published in 2016.
He read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University where he was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham, Dr Montefiore is the presenter of 3 BBC TV series Jerusalem (2011); Rome (2012) and Istanbul/Constantinople - 'Byzantium: a tale of 3 cities'...

Follow the author on Twitter: @simonmontefiore. For more information see: www.simonsebagmontefiore.com

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'a first-class chronologically arranged catalogue that engages and teaches' The Post.

'These sparkling biographical essays include all the usual suspects ... It's a tour of the good, the bad and the ugly' Mail on Sunday.

'A first-class chronologically arranged catalogue that engages and teaches' Daily Express.

'He does this kind of thing with wicked verve' Observer.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore presents the lives of the giants who have made our world. The cast varies from conquerors, poets, kings, empresses and whores to psychopaths, prophets, composers and explorers. Informative, entertaining, inspiring and sometimes horrifying, this is a history of the world that contains the characters everyone should know and the stories no one should forget.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to have on the shelf 6 July 2012
By charlie
Format:Paperback
An eclectic group of individuals - and an interesting "sound bite" on each of them. The book is clearly not intended as a major biography on the subjects - and should not be purchased as such. It's a reference work cum Hors d'oeuvre to tempt the reader, should s/he so wish, to learn more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but informative 30 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of people and a lot of facts and anecdotes - don't treat as proper biography, but as a taster to see if you want to know more about this wide range of important people from the history of the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read... 22 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must say, I used to hate history back when I was at school, so I haven't kept much from all that information we were studying. However, I realised how important and interesting history can be so I decided to get back to it starting from basic stuff. This book was very good for that purpose. It has a bit of everything. For someone who doesn't know much about history (like me) it is quiet informative. It is also an easy read, without many complecated words. However, for someone who knows and and has been reading historical books for years, I think it lacks detail. It is a little bit too general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trail of history. 29 Oct 2012
By Mohamed
Format:Paperback
A One thousand and one night in its own right with the uniqueness of displaying history events as being painted by the great and legendary humans who have paved the path to our time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic way to learn about a vast array of historical characters and events. A great taster that wheta the appetite and guides you to eras of interest and further reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful 5 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is well worth having on your shelf for those moments where you realise you don't really know anything about a certain Mughal emperor, African dictator or English king of yesteryear. This is not an in-depth historical study, nor is it intended to be; it is a whistle-stop tour that is incredibly wide-ranging and, at times, subjective in the verdicts it delivers on historical characters. I do think that, at times, the author falls into cliche a little, ending chapters with sentences like "His life was short, but his works will live forever." But perhaps that is an almost inevitable result of trying to write about so many subjects in the one volume.

As a literature enthusiast I particularly enjoyed entries on Austen, Byron, Dickens and the Russian writers, though I felt the entry on Shakespeare was limited and predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TOO CONCISE! 21 Oct 2013
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These short (very short) biographies are a little too short. However, where the lesser know figures are concerned, something's better than nothing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 26 May 2013
By Asheq
Format:Paperback
I am not an avid reader nor am I particularly fond of reading. This book is great, the information is presented in an easy to digest way. Thankfully, absent are the sentences and words that twist the tongue and perplex the mind. The best thing about this book for me is the fact that I can pick up the book and read for 30 minutes or even 10, read a bit and leave it to resume where I left at a later time without confusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb read ! a wonderful snapshot of famous and infamous people that...
I would definitely recommend this book. It is very well written non biased book providing the reader with the facts of many of the famous and equally infamous people that for... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. Rod Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by C. Wild
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Jerusalem
I loved Jerusalem and bought this book because I thought it might match it in story-telling. I should have been warned off by the title. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Preater
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Great introduction to history for those wanting a quick and concise entries of infamous people. Very well written and very accessible.
Published 2 months ago by Will B
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great romp through all the colourful characters. A lot of sex and violence! Some really interesting people with some unusual choices. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. H. S. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Thumbnails
Though they only be short sketches of major lives, does not stop the book being of interest. There's always going to be arguments about those included or excluded - personally I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Graeme P. Houlden
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Read
Very informative ( learning lots about people outside my usual areas of interest) and very well written: the author weaves into these mini biographies much valuable context - a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bored lawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read for history buffs. Can be read in sections.
A very enjoyable review of historical characters that one is probably familiar with. It can be read in sections, and abandoned, to be looked at later. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. L. Alberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
A fascinating read and very detailed accounts of history's most famous and infamous people.
Great to read and a great reference book to be able to return to.
Published 7 months ago by moggyboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
What a load of gimmerish. Simon Sebag Montefiore clearly deserves an award for writing one of the worst history books of recent years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gwaan
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