This fully updated edition(2012) is a magnificently illustrated 960-page guide to 1001 significant events that have influenced human history from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago to the Euro Debt Crisis of 2011-2012. Compiled by Peter Furtado, former editor of History Today, and written by an international team of historians, journalists and scientists the book is divided into seven periods: 'Big Bang - 1 B.C.E.; '1-999'; '1000-1499'; '1500-1699'; '1700-1899'; '1900-1949' & '1950-Present' followed by a useful glossary. '1001 Days That Shaped The World' is an endlessly fascinating and enlightening book that will inspire many to take a deeper interest in history.
I got this badboy for £5 in my local bargain bookstore and I have to say I am mightily pleased! I would have paid the initial £20, such is the quality of this book! A superb overview of history, from the big bang to 9/11 and beyond! Great pictures, quotes, and written in an engaging and informative way. Everyone who sees this book picks it up and finds something of interest within the many pages, often spurring them to read more about a subject or event. Regarding the other negative review, I would say that of course within 1001 events there are going to be some subjective choices that not everyone will agree with, but all the important dates are covered, and many more besides! If you don't learn something from this book you are a cyborg. Bargain!
A remarkable book, easy to read newspaper-style reports on the landmarks of world history but watch out for the odd wrong date (R101 crashed in 1930, not 1924) and a description of the RC doctrine of transubstantiation is quite wrong.