With a foreword by Simon Schama, one of the world’s foremost historians, and with 9000 chronological quotations arranged in 90 thematic chapters, this huge treasury is bursting with historical gems. The verbal banquet comes courtesy of such diverse figures as Herodotus, Charlemagne, Dante, Shakespeare, Thomas More, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Harriet Tubman, Rasputin, Lenin, Nehru, Al Capone, Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Mao, Gloria Steinem, Susan Sontag, and hundreds more. These aren’t quick one-liners, but richly detailed and generous excerpts from speeches, documents, literature, and other sources. Every continent and every major civilization receives representation and enlightening commentary, with topics ranging from the toppling of nations to the changes in science. All the quotations have annotations, with details about sources.
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M.J. Cohen is a former reference and educational publisher and an experienced compiler of quotations titles. He is the editor of the Penguin Dictionary of Quotations. He lives in North London. John Major is former Reader in Modern History at the University of Hull, and a specialist in modern US history. He lives in Beverley, E. Yorks.Review:
'This is a very nice book to meander in and get lost in' THE HERALD "9,000 extracts taken from every lettered civilisation and period." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '... while this book acts on one hand like a dictionary of memorable phrases, it's also a primary history of recorded (or attributed) thought. As such, it's a fascinating encyclopaedia of snippets, telling us much about the way people thought and acted at various stages throughout history as well as revealing the strength of character and vision possessed by individuals... fascinating to dip into at leisure..' LIVING HISTORY (Februrary 2004) 'This compellingly comprehensive bible of all quotations of any significance since the year 3200 BC will bowl readers over with the sheer scope of its sources and its unfettered coverage of events... As Francis Bacon once said '[h]istories make men wise', making this historical heavyweight a must.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Perhaps the best insight into historical events comes from what people had to say about them at the time - which is why 'History in Quotations' is such a fascinating book.' WRITING MAGAZINE
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