Described as, “a history book that is reassuringly epic in scope but refreshingly short in length,” today’s Free Fridays selection is the bestselling A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles.
There are thousands (maybe millions?) of book pages devoted to Abraham Lincoln. Same could be said for Churchill, the Mayans, and more. But what Christopher Lascelles aims to do in his compact compendium is offer a history of the world that fits our time-strapped lives. Leave the doorstop biographies to serious historians; this book gives the rest of us just the ammunition we need for our next cocktail party conversation.
Rather than just listing dates and places, Lascelles turns world history into a story. His narrative starts with the Big Bang and hits all of the high notes between then and now. You’ll easily remember everything he covers, because the people and places come vividly to life thanks to the author’s talent for spinning a good yarn. Visual learners will especially appreciate the 32 specially-drawn maps that help put the historical events into context.
Free Fridays Recommends
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Christopher recommends:
NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Christopher Lascelles” to download this illuminating and accessible history book.
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