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Overview of a vast subject
on 24 September 2012
Kindle edition has photographs
History in an Hour is a series of books which each deal with a big subject in a short and punchy way to give you the grand overview before you delve into other, far more detailed, books.
As with the other books in the series, there is a quick paced overview before a section of biographies about the main people involved in the story along with a timeline of events.
The story rapidly moves across Russia and Europe as coup and counter coup, both governmental and internecine, takes effect before finally we are left with Stalin. The book starts in the 1800s with an enlightened Tsar trying to enfranchise the people before everyone misreads everyone else's intentions and events spiral downward towards WW1 and the Bolshevik take over.
It is sometimes hard to keep up with who are in exiled in which country but that only goes to illustrate the size of the subject they have condensed into such a short book.