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Posted April 27, 2009
I was drawn to the flashy title of this book when looking for something inspirational for my two teenager nephews. However, I was astonished by the author's utterly provincial perspective on "world" history and his seemingly confused definition of "hero".
I love Elvis and Tchaikovsky. But they are less than substantial by my definition of "heroes" as defined by the author who also lists in this book other historic figures, such as Alexander the Great, Elizabeth I of England, and Napoleon, as "heroes". The author seems to be unable to deal with universally unambiguous definition of "hero" but to strike a sensationalistic pose on those unworthy instead.
The subtitle of this book is "Great Men and Women who changed world History". Here we also got Jane Austin, Tchaikovsky, Anne Frank, and Florence Nightingale amongst the author's list of names who "changed world history". No one will doubt those picks indeed made some contributions in the history of humanity, claiming that they "changed the world history" is absolutely stretching their significance.
Secondly, at least 85% of the "101 Heroes" listed are unsurprisingly Europeans who "changed the world history". I don't follow the author's geopolitical direction on World History. Furthermore, I question the author's intellectual qualification about World History when his brain comfortably resides in his Euro-centric "world" history. To many who have read just a few more books on World History outside the author's Euro-centric "world" history, undoubtedly more than half of the names in the book will have to come down replaced by non-Europeans.
In conclusion, other than the catchy title, this book has killed many trees but still has little to offer to the intellectual development of anyone. Given the interesting idea this book presented, I do hope that in not too long of time, a prudent serious scholar in the fields of World History will pick up this idea and write a book about heroes who indeed changed the World History from true World's perspectives.
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Posted September 28, 2011
I was extremely disappointed with this book. This does not represent or include most of the real "heroes" that changed the world. This book even left out Christopher Columbus, who changed and mapped half of the world. But it does include people even they did interesting things, they by no means changed the direction of the world at all, such as Hemingway, Mandela, Elvis, Picasso, and others. The book is very biased and very socialist/lefty oriented. Then, after reading the author biography I finally understood the reason why, since the author is a fan of Stalin and Marx. This books does not represent the real history of the world, not the real heroes, but a biased opinion of the author, which has a lot left to desire. I returned the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2010
101 World Heroes is awesome.
I love reading about people who have made a difference in the world. What I like most is this book is people from Socrates era to today are highlighted in the book. Pictures and illustrations of many of the people and their lives are also included. This book lets you learn about the person and not just the one time in their life they were in the public's eye. This book is really good for discussions. You can read about several people and then discuss how they affected the world today. If you enjoy learning about people and who they are, 101 World Heroes is a must read book.
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Posted September 5, 2009
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