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Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Paris 1919 and Nixon and Mao reveals lessons and insights from a lifetime of writing and teaching history, about how we live our lives as individuals and nations

Acclaimed historian and great storyteller (The New York Review of Books) Margaret MacMillan explores the many ways in which history--its value and dangers--affects us all. Used for the justification of religious movements and political campaigns alike, the manipulation of history is increasingly pervasive in today's world. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid the all-too-common traps in thinking to which many fall prey--as MacMillan reveals through her use of major historical moments (the French Revolution, World War I and II, the Iraq War) and profiles of the great leaders (Churchill, Nixon, Napoleon). Full of insights gleaned from studies of numerous historical events, Dangerous Games is at once a beautiful tribute to MacMillan's profession and a plea to treat history with care.

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In this provocative examination of the ways in which we use and abuse history, Margaret MacMillan passes along a story originally told by the writer Susan Jacoby. She was in a New York bar on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, and eavesdropped on a conversation between two "bewildered" men. First man: "This is just like Pearl Harbor." Second man: "What is Pearl Harbor?" First man: "That was when the Vietnamese... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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An acclaimed historian and "New York Times"-bestselling author explores the many ways in which history affects everyone. Full of insights gleaned from studies of numerous historical events, "Dangerous Game" serves as a plea to treat history with care.

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Margaret MacMillan is the author of Paris 1919, Nixon and Mao, and Women of the Raj. Paris 1919 won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, a Silver Medal for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Governor-Generals prize for nonfiction, and it was selected by the editors of The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year. A past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, MacMillan is the warden of St. Antonys College at Oxford University.

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Found Highways, July 26, 2009 (view all comments by Found Highways)
History can be dangerous, kids! Don't try this at home. That is part of professional historian Margaret MacMillan's message in her short book of long essays. She explores what history is good for, and more interestingly, how it has been abused. Plenty of examples make this a compelling read -- she is opinionated and backs up her opinions with facts.
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ISBN:
9780679643586
Author:
Macmillan, Margaret
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
MacMillan, Margaret
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Decision-making
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Copyright:
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.59x6.05x.70 in. .77 lbs.

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