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on 16 December 2013
This book starts with an account of the area around Vesuvius and Naples in Roman times. I learned a great deal about the various factions who sought to control the area from the seventh and eighth centuries BC until finally, the Roman Empire took control of Pompeii and developed the city. There is also a very interesting description of the growth of the city making one very aware of how advanced the Romans actually were and what life would be like in Pompeii until the eruption. The descriptions of the build up to the disaster and the destruction of the city are vivid with the 'mechanics' of the eruption being clearly explained. As is always the case with this author, the subject is very well researched and his ability to describe facts and situations with his use of language is a delight. This is an excellent book which gives the facts in a way that makes it as gripping as a novel - I read it all at one sitting!
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on 1 January 2015
A short book which gives a good introduction to the subject. I did consider five stars but I feel that it was too short to merit them. But a good introduction.
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on 25 March 2015
Good content from respected author. Print/binding quality is cheap though.
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on 27 January 2017
The best reconstruction I've read of Pompeii before and during the eruption that buried it
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on 19 July 2015
A rather short book, more to do with the history than the eruption!
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on 7 October 2016
read this book while on holiday in italy after visiting pompeii
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