Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [17]: History's People: Personalities And The Past By Margaret MacMillian

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - spotlighting books that haven't been released yet!

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is...
History's People: Personalities And The Past By Margaret MacMillian

Expected Release Date: October 13th 2015

In History’s People internationally acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan gives her own personal selection of figures of the past, women and men, some famous and some little-known, who stand out for her. Some have changed the course of history and even directed the currents of their times. Others are memorable for being risk-takers, adventurers, or observers. She looks at the concept of leadership through Bismarck and the unification of Germany; William Lyon MacKenzie King and the preservation of the Canadian Federation; Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the bringing of a unified United States into the Second World War. She also notes how leaders can make huge and often destructive mistakes, as in the cases of Hitler, Stalin, and Thatcher. Richard Nixon and Samuel de Champlain are examples of daring risk-takers who stubbornly went their own ways, often in defiance of their own societies. Then there are the dreamers, explorers, and adventurers, individuals like Fanny Parkes and Elizabeth Simcoe who manage to defy or ignore the constraints of their own societies. Finally, there are the observers, such as Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India, and Victor Klemperer, a Holocaust survivor, who kept the notes and diaries that bring the past to life.
(Synopsis Provided By Goodreads)

This one is quite different to my usual contemporary YA Waiting On Wednesday picks but I recently was introduced to this phenomenal book about the individuals in history that have shaped the world we live in today! I've been told that the book goes in-depth and analyzes details that haven't been looked at really in the past. Super excited to read this history non-fiction!

Leave a link in the comments below to your own Waiting on Wednesday I'll make sure to stop by!


1 comment:

  1. This is not my type of book but it does sound really interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

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