Titans of History: The Giants Who Made Our World

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If you are looking for an in-depth portrait of the so-called “Titans” of history, Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Titans of History is not for you, which Montefiore readily admits in his introduction to the book. In fact, the small snippets, generally two to four pages, about each historical figure are purposefully brief. Montefiore explains that his “aim is that these short accessible and vivid biographies will encourage and inspire readers to find out more about these extraordinary individuals.”

In an era where historiography shies away from the “Great Man” tradition, this book is a refreshing reminder that, sometimes, history does depend on a particular individual’s actions. I say “individual” because unlike the “Great Man” tradition, Montefiore includes both men and women on his list of those he deems to be “Titans.”

Although simple snapshots of a particular individual’s life, each Chapter does its job: fascinates the reader and entices him or her to find out more. Additionally, each is well-written in an approachable style that all readers can appreciate.

Since this work is intended as a stepping-stone into the world of history and significant individuals in history, it is not very suitable for students of history or those wanting depth and analysis. It is more of a fast-reference for those without much experience in history.

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Author Simon Sebag Montefiore
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 640 pages
Publisher Vintage
Publish Date 2018-16-10
ISBN 9.7811E+12
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Issue April 2019
Category History


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