We’ve said it for years: “history books have been ruining history.”
Too many words to read… too many facts to remember… too many dictators to hate.
How can a reader be expected to comprehend so many sentences and paragraphs, dates and events, names and context at once? Answer: they can’t.
But we come not to curse the darkness, but to light a glorious candle: a new history book so accurate it makes Wikipedia look like the National Enquirer… so concise, it makes a sneeze feel like an eon… and yet, so unabridged that it makes the Library of Congress a virtual haiku.
Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of The World hits shelves today, giving you all the history you need with just 1% of the words.
Skimmers of the world: rejoice.
A side note: special thanks to everyone who made this book possible — Kate McKean, Ryan Doherty and our team at Villard/Random House, the Historical Tweets fans & followers — and our loved friends and families.
If you haven’t already gotten the book, go get it — you’ll really enjoy the design, the humor, and the history.
And if you’re reading the book close to an historical monument or statue — take a photo with the book and send it in. We’ll post it here on the blog.
— Twitterstorians Alan Beard & Alec McNayr
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Posted by: Twitter Historian on April 27th 2010
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