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Titans of History: The Giants Who Made Our World Paperback – 14 Sep 2017
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Simon Sebag Montefiore is a master storyteller (EVENING STANDARD)
Sparkling biographical essays ... A tour of the good, the bad and the ugly (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Entertaining and informative. Full of offbeat, fascinating detail (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Comprehensive, chilling and highly compelling. A first-class chronologically arranged catalogue that enagages as it teaches (DAILY EXPRESS)
Compulsive reading ... We do not shudder at the depths to which men and women throughout history have sunk, but experience a piquant relish ... a book that reminds us how thin the veneer of civilisation is (THE TIMES)
A survey of great historical figures favours villainy over goodness ... A compilation of short biographical profiles ... catering to our appalled fascination with evil. Monsters outnumber heroes. Stalin, the subject of Montefiore's superb two-volume biography, is the prototype for many of the maniacal autocrats whose rages and rampages are described here. A strutting parade of psychopathic dictators, warlords, malevolent dwarves ... Montefiore finds room for a few gods, one or two secular saints, American founding fathers, Lincoln and Churchill, and a smattering artists and scientists, but their achievements hardly manage to maintain the pretence of civilisation. What excites Montefiore is villainy ... and he does this with wicked verve (OBSERVER)
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Each story is written in an almost conversational style that I found both informative and enjoyable. I must admit to enjoying seeing this author on the BBC where he was obviously well informed but also knows how to tell a story. I had also enjoyed his book about Jerusalem in which he treated the city as if it were a person.
I enjoyed this book so much that this copy which I am reviewing was actually a gift to one of my sons, who, like me, has begun an interest in history that did not develop until well after high school and college.
It reminds me of "1066 and all that" a spoof history book and play popular in my childhood (and doubtless Mr Montefiore's) but without the Latin puns. The difference is that it is a serious work of history and very educational, you need to look quite close to see the humour.
I do hope, as Mr Montefiore suggests, that it inspires readers to delve deeper into the lives of the rogues and the honorable of whom he gives a brief glance
Easy read.Well researched as you would expect of Montefiore.
A must to give to successive generous generations if you believe history is important
It's well written, and a treat for those with an interest in history: Montefiore clearly knows his history; I consider a well invested read.
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