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This review is from: 1913: The World before the Great War (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this book. It is wonderfully written, and really brings the world of 1913 to life for me. I found the global perspective of it particularly impressive - Emmerson covers a lot of ground, but as a reader I always felt I was being carried from one continent to the next with the characters and the narrative. My favourite cities were Constantinople and Jerusalem - two cities that I had known something about, but not at that time in history. And the way the book is written means that I could dip in and out at will. I would definitely recommend this - even to someone who is not necessarily a reader of big history books in general. Combining history, travelogue - and a profound reflection on a world where people didn't know what was about to happen to their world, and to their society - I thought this was a wonderful complement to all the books about World War I itself which I know will be coming out over the next few years.