Monday, November 9, 2020

Review of The Times Complete History of the World by Richard Overy

This book review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = History

Elaborate Description

This book divides human existence into 7 different sections. Each section is based on time and the closer the book gets to the present, the more pages it devotes to the section. Two pages per topic, filled with a variety of events and multiple maps.

As the raison d'être of this book is the history of the world, each section devotes an explanation of events in each region of the world. Some regions, where written records are more prevalent, are given more weight. Every region of the world is represented here in more ways than one. At times, the book discusses the political issues, other times the religious reasons, but at all times the most important events that transpired.

A problem with the way the authors discuss events is the rarity of explanations. Most of the time, a bunch of different events are given a single sentence, without a clear explanation for the events. Sometimes, paragraphs and different topics are devoted to a particular issue, but most issues are just given the highlights.

This book is an extremely well done survey of every region in the world though different times. It allow the reader to find a variety of topics, and should a particular topic stand out, to find other sources that can lead the a further understanding.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780760778401
Pages to read:   339
Publication:     2006
1st Edition:      1978
Format:            Hardcover

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          4
Overall           4