In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the Internet in a medieval joust - whose side would you be on?
In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure change.
©2014 Ian Mortimer (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun." (Daily Express)
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"Overall the best book so far"
Not read the print version but I love the narrators interpretation. I've bought previous
books just to hear him.
The matter of fact tone, the inquisitiveness of the reading. Calm. Natural.
Some of the chapters bring about profound thought. Off the top of my head, when talking about the impact of the Black Death "death as such does not exist, it has no substance, therefor it only exists in the mind of the living and as such demonstrates that death is not a constant but subject to a vast range of changes. (Or something like that)
The True Adventure of the Rolling Stones (now unavailable) was my favourite talking book. This tops it
Whilst I don't share the gloomy conclusion to the book (I simply don't accept that mankind will develop himself into a negative future. Fossil fuels will be replaced. I can't see anything other than social improvement across the scale.) really enjoyed the process and stepwise objective assessments of each century.
"very interesting look at the last 1000 years. "
non fiction. good narrator. author speaks in last few interesting chapters about the future.
well worth a listen and isn't too facts and figures.
"I don't 'read' enough non fiction: this was great!"
Yes. I learned a lot and feel I have missed out: I wish I had known some of this stuff years ago.
Most of it.
No characters as such, but both narrators were good.
It would be easy to listen to this more than once, there are so many concepts to thnk about and analyse.
A mental challenge
Each century's nomination for basis of change as interesting as the last
No - too much to think about
I did listen to a century more than once
"perspective writ large. Brilliant."
Really useful way of putting history and what we think we know about it in perspective.
"Oh dear what a shame."
The narration seemed very monotoned, in some parts enough to send you to sleep. I. M usually has more to his books. The book can't be faulted about its facts and dates, I'm inclined to to think that there were too many facts and not enough fun. I don't think I would suggest that my friends should read it and it may well be in a corner of my library gathering dust.
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