MSD71, December 6, 2008 (view all comments by MSD71)
A really enthralling book. This book did exactly what I wanted, it lead me by the hand through the whole of the history of the European Continent, relating all the major happenings and the reasons why they happened. It also gives a good description of what was happening on the periphery of major events and how the two were intertwined. Obviously the real details of most events are not gone into, as nearly 1400 pages are more than enough for one book, but there are obvious points where Davies drops teaser for you to delve more, and every 5th page or so had me surfing the web for more details on specific events of interest to me. Also if you read this book with a copy of "Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
Expert v. 1.2" software it will greatly enhance your experience, (and no, i have nothing to do with the company). All in all a GREAT book to spend time reading and enjoying.
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peterteiman, March 24, 2008 (view all comments by peterteiman)
PETER TEIMAN FRANKLIN here,
Few books on European history portray the robust nature of this unique blend of cultures, except possibly Robert's History of the World.
PETER TEIMAN FRANKLIN,
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is a magisterial work, sweeping in its analysis, illuminating in its insights and erudite in its scholarship."
brims with learning, crackles with common sense, coruscates with wit and abounds in good judgement."
"A master of broad-brushstroke analysis, Davies navigates through the larger historical currents with the detail necessary to a well-written engaging narrative."
— Publishers Weekly?(starred review)
This bestselling masterwork chronicles the entire history of Europe, from the Ice Age to the Information Age, in one fascinating and information-packed volume. "A magisterial work, sweeping in its analysis, illuminating in its insights, and erudite in its scholarship".--Zbigniew Brzezinski. 72 illustrations. 100 maps. Index.
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