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Some wonderful pictures
on 11 October 2010
There are some wonderful pictures but this is offset with some average ones.
It is a shame that by its very nature this is restricted to what it can show - historical events without pictures, for example, are forced to be overlooked, but that is not a criticism of the book at all. It makes up for this difficultly in a wonderful manner.
If anything, the pictures of older events are much better - better placed and more engaging - than the modern ones. This may be the result of an apparent editorial decision to try and show pictures that were less well known. This means that for recent events (fall of the Berlin Wall onwards) the pictures show less of a dramatic picture and sometimes verge on the abstract.
There is also an erratic level of surrounding details, some events have several pages of detail explaining what happened and its significance, others are given a few paragraphs. Neither is necessarily bad, but the inconsistency becomes annoying as the choice of what to give detail to didn't line up with my interests. I would have been happier if everything got a page or everything got three pages.
Overall, an interesting book with some fantastic pictures. It is let down by editing choices as it gets more modern but still worth buying.