History in Five Minutes: 48 Biographies, Battles, and Incredible Short Stories from the Past by Michael Rank
From the #1 best-selling author of “History’s Greatest Generals” comes a compendium of historical topics that dive to the heart of a matter and strip it down to its essentially parts. It also focuses on little-known or forgotten figures in history that deserve our attention.
The 48 chapters cover absolutely everything in history. Well, not everything — that would be impossible for anyone not named Bill Bryson. Instead it covers all epochs of history, from the myth of Atlantis to the legacy of Kim Jong-Il and his golfing abilities. Learn about larger-than-life figures such as Richard the Lionheart or Elizabeth of Tudor. Discover forgotten moments in history, such as the U.S. governments attempts to use camels to ferry equipment across the Southwest in the 1840s. Find out about the greatest forgeries in history were, and which ones are still taught in classrooms across the world as fact.
Each chapter is written in a small chunk. Think of this book as your Reader’s Digest approach to history. Only much more entertaining.
Michael Rank is a historian of the Middle East and a former journalist. He is the author of the Kindle #1 best-seller “From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash-Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History” and “History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible.”
He blogs about history, religion, society, and culture at the website http://michaelrank.net. You can connect with him there, and he would love it if you did.
This book was amazing and right up my alley. When it comes to history, geography and facts – I learn in small snippets of information. Many people do. Michael has truly captured the essence of that learning style and hand feeds so much valuable information to all of his readers. There is so much in this book that I will forever be able to simply recall as if I have taken a major history course and studied for hours. I obviously will not know everything there is, but more than enough to participate in an educated conversation. I will definitely be reading more of his books and seeing just how much I can learn in these short bursts of time!
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