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4.0 out of 5 stars The best calendar you could ask for, 15 Sep 2013
This review is from: Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Hardcover)
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The concept of this book is that there is a short story (rarely over one page) for each day of the year, and each of those stories is related to that day in history in some way.

Eduardo Galeano - probably best known for having written the book that Hugo Chavez gave to Barack Obama (Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent) - descries himself as "a writer obsessed with remembering", and that is what he does 365 times here. But what is really interesting about this book is how it remembers things from history, and lessons from history, that have broadly been forgotten or are painted over by other elements of the same history.

Everyone remembers Martin Luther-King's speeches. They don't so easily remember that he was shot dead.

Ivan the Terrible built St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow to educate his people in Christianity. Yet he was an appalling murderer.

The Declaration of Independence of Central America states that it was signed "to prevent the terrible consequences... should the people declare it themselves."

A statue to Uruguay's founder Jose Artigas shows him decked out regally, yet he lived and died in poverty.

Between the history are political fables and musings on reading. This is a healthy left-wing dose of forgotten reality that will quickly become a necessary part of your daily routine.
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