1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why isn't this on the television?, 28 Sept. 2010
We see so many celebrities swanning around the world on trains, pointing at horses or chuckling at meerkats just so BBC1 can show some nice travelogue pictures on a Sunday night. But they would be put to better use making a programme based on this book. This is a great mix of geography and history - landmarks of world history is the subtitle - showing us 35 places on earth where momentous events have taken place, from Thermopylae to the World Trade Centre. Each is very clearly and concisely described by Ben Dupre, so that you really get a feel for the location and its significance. I wish I'd read the entry on Thermopylae before I saw 300 and not after - I would have better understood what all the shoving and stabbing was about. The range of places from the ancient world to the ultra modern would make it the perfect vehicle for someone like David Mitchell or Stephen Fry.