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The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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The most brilliant of the new generation of travelwriter-historians (Sunday Telegraph)
'Justin Marozzi is that most precious rarity: a serious traveller who is also a real writer, with a wonderful feel for language, a gift for narrative and an enviable sensitivity and lightness of touch. Brave, romantic, erudite and humane, South from Barbary is a genuinely remarkable debut' (William Dalrymple)
'The perfect travel book ...observant, shrewd, patient and exceedingly well attuned ... It is a measure of Marozzi's skill that he handles the big themes of history and the small irritations of third-millennium camel travel with equal charm and felicity' (Financial Times)
'Excellent...a superbly rounded and vivid portrait of one of history's most fascinating personalities' (Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard)
'Captivating, a delightful and fortunate conjunction between the world of [Tamerlane] then and that world transformed today' (Spectator)
'Herodotus may have lived 24 centuries ago but he is our 21st century contemporary and companion - the father not just of history but of comparative ethnography too, not only a brilliant storyteller and indefatigable traveller but also a shrewd and tolerant observer of human fads and foibles on the grandest global scale. Justin Marozzi, himself a veteran traveller and journalist and intrepid crosser of cultural frontiers, does his hero full justice in this scintillating, thought-provoking and entertaining hommage' (Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University)
'A tour de force of travel writing' (John Keay, Literary Review)
'Intellectually stimulating but still able to raise a smile from the reader' (Adventure Travel)
'This is a book of remarkable substance and style, brimming with humanity' (Jeremy Seal, Telegraph)
'A tribute to the man acknowledged as "the father of history", who was also the world's first travel writer, a geographer, anthropologist, explorer and moralist' (Bookseller)
'This is a book of remarkable substance and style, brimming with humanity' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Intellectually stimulating yet still able to riase a smile from the reader' (Adventure Travel)
It's a good excuse to return to his outlandish stories of war and the exotic sexual practices of forgotten cultures (Sunday Times)
'Marozzi sets out faithfully to dog the footsteps of Herodotus, reporting the modern world in its customary warlike state' (The Times)
This is a book of remarkable substance and style, brimming with humanity (Sunday Telegraph)
'Marozzi's energy drives the book forward ... where (he) succeeds above all is in whetting the appetite' (Financial Times)
'The power of the story is the essence of this book and it is to Marozzi's immense credit that his storytelling is almost as good as his mentor's. Together they are marvellous' (Sunday Herald)
'Marozzi himself is an unambiguously Herodotean figure ... The English Patient ... inspired thousands to rush out and buy the Histories. This book deserves to have the same effect' (Anglo Hellenic Review)
A sensational blend of travel and history in the spirit of the man who invented it.See all Product description
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I thought this timely book was brought to life by Marozzi's adventures in the foot steps of Herodotus (eg: what was Babylon is now in Iraq!) but it is also an informative and tightly written history. A great combination.
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