The Rest is History (Hardback)
  • The Rest is History (Hardback)
  • The Rest is History (Hardback)
  • The Rest is History (Hardback)
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The Rest is History (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 26/10/2023
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From ranking the great eunuchs of the past to the most dangerous hair appointment of World War II, this wonderfully entertaining treasure trove of quirky historical trivia possesses all the charm and irreverence of Holland and Sandbrook's chart-topping podcast.

Make room Herodotus, stand down Bede, pipe down Pepys... there's a new history book in town.

From the chart-topping podcast The Rest is History, a whistle-stop tour through the past - from Alexander the Great to Tolkein, the Wars of the Roses to Watergate. The nation's favourite historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take on the most curious moments in history, answering the questions we didn't even think to ask:

- Did the Trojan War actually happen?
- What was the most disastrous party in history?
- Was Richard Nixon more like Caligula or Claudius?
- How did a hair appointment almost blow Churchill's cover?
- Why did the Nazis believe they were descended from Atlantis?

Whether it is sending historical figures to Casa Amor in a series of Love Island, ranking history's most famous eunuchs and pigeons (including Winky, the unsung hero of the Second World War), or debating the meaning of greatness, there is nothing too big or too small for Tom and Dominic to unpick. So run your Egyptian milk bath, strap up your best Spartan sandals, and prepare for a journey down the highways and byways of the human past...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526667694
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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A fun and easy read . . . the authors’ sense of humour, combined with what feels like bottomless knowledge of their subject, really does make history seem interesting, enjoyable and even fun . . . it’s quite different from other history books. Holland and Sandbrook’s approach to asking curious questions, and then answering them, takes the reader on an idiosyncratic ride through history . . . The Rest is History is most certainly a readable book. It’s educational without being didactic, and thought-provoking without being too taxing - Independent

This compilation of the historically odd and downright wacky is the book version of their popular podcast . . . Clever, light-hearted history from serious historians - Sydney Morning Herald

Reasonable people might well have been turned off revisionist history by Ridley Scott’s dull, flat, thin cinematic version of Napoleon’s life. An antidote lies close to hand, in the form of a book-length write-up of the popular podcast, The Rest is History - Interpreter

I recently gave my dad a copy of The Rest Is History, the printed spinoff to the podcast hosted by Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland. The man absolutely wolfed it down. He’d never heard the podcast before, but the book’s tone – bitty, authoritative pop history – was like a cruise missile aimed directly at his brain stem - Stuart Heritage, Guardian

A book to gift every history buff - Readings

As a way to learn big chunks of history in a fast and entertaining way, this written version is arguably even more effective than its popular audio parent - Business Post

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“Full of curiosities”

This was certainly an enjoyable read! It's full of fun historical tidbits, and is a perfect book to dip in and out of when you want to learn something new. From the Loch Ness monster to julius caesar,... More

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“Made me listen to the podcast!”

I read The Rest Is History as I want to get more into non-fiction history but I was struggling.
This was the perfect choice it was fun, interesting and written I'm a way I understood!
Now everyone I know has to... More

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“Hilarious and Unbelievable!”

My dad and I were rolling around laughing at some of these tales from history, we both really enjoyed reading Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook's compilations. Each story will have you coming back for more. The... More

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