This account of seven critical moments in history provides evidence current events and historical events combined form the basis for decisions that can dramatically effect mankind. If you enjoy history, this is a recommended read.
The author truly presented a wonderful historical record based on data , which could only have been gathered together, as a result of research of the highest order. The book was somewhat tedious, but, I would highly recommend this book to any student of history, regardless of age.
This book posits and interesting thesis and contains some interesting narrative history, but the writing and organization within each chapter or episode is not very good. Each narrative meanders and the author's points remain a bit unclear at the end. I was left with a feeling of dissatisfaction.
Charles Mee is an excellent writer and in this book he tackles seven great events of history that changed the world at that time. And suggests that every time can learn from these past events, mainly because so much action is taken on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate or unknown facts. Underlying the discussion Mee suggests the hubris of world leaders who think they can control destiny.
Mee is a playwright and a historian, among other things, and I found his view and dramatic, descriptive powers to be very useful in re-enacting these events.
I bought the book because of a debate with an intellectual friend about the aftermath of ww ii in eastern europe, thus I was focusing on the chapter on the conference at yalta. It is particulary interesting that Mee subtitled this chapter with reference to the problems of unintended consequences (the inevitability of which is the foundation of the libertarian tendency toward minimalism in government -- and in foreign policy, for that matter).
Not only did the yalta chapter teach me much more about yalta than I expected, each of the other 6 crucial moments were richly rewarding.
The only two quibbles I have are with the sub-title. Being a historian in the zeitgeist tradition, I don't believe out-of-hand in "great men," even when churchill and roosevelt are involved. Somewhat contradictorily, I don't believe in the idea of "fateful," so much as crucial. And from reading Mee, I believe he would let me edit the sub-title accordingly, once he got to know me better.