History's Daybook: A History of the World in 366 Quotations (Hardback)Peter Furtado (author)
Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 01/10/2012
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History's Daybook is a calendrical collection of 366 quotations, each of which is tied to the anniversary of a celebrated historical event and captures the essence of that event with the eye-witness's graphic immediacy or the historian's narrative flair. In History's Daybook, every day becomes a window on the past: 26 April brings a report from Times correspondent George Steer in Guernica, and the rumble of the German Condor Legion as it unleashes hell on the ancient Basque city; on 28 June, in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles, we watch with British diplomat Harold Nicolson as German delegates sign the Treaty that brings the Great War to its fateful conclusion; on 16 August, we walk the streets of the plague-ravaged London of 1665 with the diarist Samuel Pepys; just one week later we tremble at the fury of the erupting Vesuvius in AD 79 from the safety of Pliny the Elder's seaside villa.Each quotation is accompanied by an accessible commentary shedding further light on the quote and its context. Threaded through the book are a series of longer reflections - one for each week of the year - on the events behind the quotations. These short essays, on subjects as diverse as the decline of the Roman Empire, the legacy of the French Revolution and the causes of the First World War, sound a measured descant to the ever-changing themes of the daily quotes. Finally, a chronological index lists the quotations in their historical order, allowing the reader to search for quotes by theme and by period.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 440
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
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