Williams, Hywel - Fifty Days that Changed the World - ( Item 119225 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. Reprint. Fine Hardback. Sealed. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Quarter-bound in cloth with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by Richard Beards. Set in Joanna. 50 colour and black & white images. Size: 8½" x 6½", 320 pages with title page spread. Throughout the centuries there have been days on which the course of history has altered irrevocably; days on which something so momentous happened that it is difficult to imagine the world without their impact. Had the Greeks lost at Salamis on 28 September 480 BC, would the West have given birth to democracy? Had Charles Martel not defeated the Moors at the Battle of Tours on 11 October 732, would Islam have advanced deeper into Europe? Had the Japanese not attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, might Hitler have triumphed in Europe? Fifty Days That Changed theWorld unravels the causes and consequences of the most significant days in human history, revealing how each one left its imprint on the course of future events. These single world-changing dates include 29 May 1453 when Constantinople fell, 12 October 1492 when Columbus landed in the New World, 14 July 1789 when the Bastille was stormed, 9 April 1865 when General Lee surrendered at Appomatox, and 11 September 2001 when the World Trade Center collapsed in New York. Here are bloody battles and amazing discoveries, but interwoven among them are seemingly innocuous, serendipitous events that passed unnoticed at the time, such as the arrival at Cambridge of an impoverished farmer's son called Isaac Newton. Hywel Williams has created a fascinating compendium of intriguing historical facts. If you would like to know how the Duke of Wellington caused the first railway accident, or how a careless chauffeur helped to precipitate the first World War then this is the book for you.
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