1001 Days That Shaped the World

1001 Days That Shaped the World

by Peter Furtado
     
 

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From the foundation of Rome on April 21, 753 B.C. to the execution of Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006, 1001 Days That Shaped the World focuses on those truly extraordinary moments that changed the direction of world history. This eminently readable volume summarizes each event in a brief but dramatic descriptive article supplemented with memorable…  See more details below

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From the foundation of Rome on April 21, 753 B.C. to the execution of Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006, 1001 Days That Shaped the World focuses on those truly extraordinary moments that changed the direction of world history. This eminently readable volume summarizes each event in a brief but dramatic descriptive article supplemented with memorable illustrations or photos. Decisive battles, natural disasters, the rise of emperors, historic assassinations, the launching of successful inventions, the hatching of political plots, artistic and cultural milestones--these are just a few of the general categories that describe the momentous days as recounted by historian Peter Furtado and his team of writers and researchers. Just a few of the 1001 important days captured in these pages are:

  • Sept. 21, 490 B.C.--The Battle of Marathon
  • March 15, 44 B.C.-- Julius Caesar assassinated
  • Dec. 25, 800--Charlemagne crowned Emperor in Rome
  • Oct. 14, 1066--The Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of Britain
  • Jan. 7, 1610--Galileo discovers the moons of Jupiter
  • Dec. 16, 1773--The Boston Tea Party
  • Dec. 2, 1804--Napoleon crowns himself emperor
  • Nov. 24, 1859--Darwin's Origin of Species published
  • March 22, 1895--The first showing of a motion picture by the Lumière brothers
  • Apr. 17, 1906--The San Francisco earthquake
  • Dec. 7, 1941--The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor
  • Apr. 12, 1961--Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in Space
  • Nov. 9, 1989--The Berlin Wall Tumbles
  • Sept. 11, 2001--Al Qaeda attacks New York and Washington

    Here is a book to read and enjoy. Filled with stories of human achievement, high drama, and unforgettable tragedy, 1001 Days That Shaped the World presents an accurate account of each event chosen, and explains the event's physical, cultural, social, or economic impact on the world. Hundreds of evocative photos and illustrations.

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    Publishers seem to have found a useful marketing tool: issue a book that has the number 1001 in the title, and it's sure to get attention (e.g., 1001 Things You Must Do Before You Die and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, both by Barron's). The editor of this idiosyncratic work compiles an eclectic range of events that helped shaped the world, including the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 (C.E.); the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869; and the first appearance of the bikini in Paris on July 26, 1946. Lavishly illustrated both in color and in black and white, the book features entries ranging in length from one-fourth of a page to a page at the most. A general index and index by country provide easy access to the text.
    —Donald Altschiller

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764165726
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    10/01/2012
    Pages:
    960
    Product dimensions:
    6.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 2.70(d)

    Meet the Author


    Peter Furtado is a fellow of Britain's Royal Historical Society and the editor of History Today magazine. Over the past three decades he has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History.

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