History's Great Untold Stories: The Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World

History s Great Untold Stories The Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World This eye catching volume combines vivid first hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and cont

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  • Title: History's Great Untold Stories: The Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World
  • Author: Joseph Cummins
  • ISBN: 9781426200311
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This eye catching volume combines vivid first hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our present day Readers encounThis eye catching volume combines vivid first hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our present day Readers encounter William the Silent, a Dutch monarch whose assassination may have triggered the 1588 launch of the Spanish Armada and led Queen Elizabeth I to create the first known attempt at gun control Another chapter introduces Rabban Sauma, a thirteenth century Christian monk sent by Kublai Khan to seek a Christian Mongol alliance against Muslims There is also the remarkable story of twelve anti slavery activists who fought the prevailing business and political establishment of their day to outlaw slavery in England, using tactics that have become tools of the trade for every grassroots movement that has followed Filled with fascinating sidebars, narratives, maps, illustrations, and concise biographies, this new volume gathers up the rich details that Western history left on the cutting room floor and turns them into stories that shed light on both vanquished and victor over the ages With its fresh, design and accessible format, History s Great Untold Stories will be welcomed by the legions of readers who are eager to uncover history s mysteries and explore lesser known, non Western views of world events.

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    1. Wow, what a hidden gem this book is. I must admit I had expected something mildly interesting but not engrossing, given that it is one of those multi-era compilation type books that I so often find myself picking up out of idle interest and for light reading in between heavier non-fiction with one specialised focus. But this book had me engrossed all the way through. Telling the stories of 28 key moments or lives from history that have been largely forgotten, Cummins writes with clarity, attenti [...]

    2. This book covers 28 interesting events and odd stories that unless you are a history nut you have never heard about. The book is written in National Geographic's normal, very accessible style. Each chapter contains it's own story so you can read it either straight through or over a period of time.The first chapter deals with the 896 trial of the corpse of a former Pope by the Pope that replaced him. This is clearly one of the odder happenings in history.There is one chapter on the "filibusters" [...]

    3. This is a highly readable book written by someone with a clear understanding of how history consists of more than Kings, Queens dates and wars. Joseph Cummins has plucked from obscurity many fascinating tales in world history and shown how they have changed the world.His writing style is accessible, entertaining and at times his views challenge us. I am keen to read more of his work since reading this book.

    4. Admittedly I read this book some years ago, but at the time I found most of the stories quite interesting & even hold on to a few to this day as stories to tell others when such an act is called for. Maybe I'd have been better off studying more mainstream history (which typically in this field actually does mean more important, I assume), but this is an easy, well-presented read for most ages.

    5. El libro presenta hechos o biografías poco conocidos de la Historia y los cuenta de forma amena, resaltando a la vez su importancia histórica. La mayoría de las historias están realmente bien seleccionadas.

    6. Plenty of stories in there I have never heard or had the change to get up to in High School history classes. I think all told I have really only heard of one of the people I read about in the book, which made it a good book to read before bedtime.

    7. Some light reading for a history buff! Hardly serious history, but an interesting survey of historical obscurities.

    8. Finished this a while ago. I should read more history books, because I loved learning about all the different events that happened.

    9. Excelente. Relatos de hechos históricos poco conocidos pero que forman parte del la situación actual del mundo.

    10. I didn't find this book as interesting as I thought it would be. Maybe there's a reason why they are "Untold" stories.

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