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Did David Hasselhoff End the Cold War?: 50 Facts You Need to Know: Europe

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From the railway in Hungary run entirely by children to the British comedy sketch, unknown in the UK but watched by millions across Europe every New Year's Eve, Emma Hartley reveals the idiosyncrasies and absurdities of Europe.
Paperback, 205 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Icon Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Renee
Jun 30, 2008 Renee rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, europe
Rarely does a book make me as angry as '50 Facts you need to know: Europe'.

Firstly, the blurb says this is a sequel to the book '50 facts that should change the world' but it is nothing of the sort. It is written by a different author and the subject matter has nothing to do with Jessica William's book.

Secondly the title is '50 Facts you need to know: Europe', but many of the chapters are not facts at all. For example chapter 7 'Albania is the worst place in Europe' is a statement of opinion, no
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Steve
Aug 15, 2015 Steve rated it did not like it
Low 1. There are many flaws to this publication, chief of which is its scarcity of objective truths as opposed to subjective interpretation. Many of the chapters do not provide substantial evidence to support the statements made, while some are of little true import. There are brief glimmers of insight, such as the railway in Hungary operated by children and the astonishing lionisation by Stalinist society of the pioneer of the 'Young Pioneer' movement, Pavlik Morozov. At the age of 14 this ...more
Tamara
Nov 25, 2015 Tamara rated it did not like it
50 "facts" you "need to know"
I would say that the most of the articles in this books are not factually correct (or at least not very well researched) or particularly interesting, and left me with a feeling like I was listening to one of my half-drunk friends trying to remember that one documentary he/she watched one week ago that was really great, but can't remember what exactly was it about and you had to be there.

There are so many other books you can read. Skip this one.

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Jun 12, 2012 " rated it really liked it
This book got some interesting facts I didn't know about. Main themes include berlin wall, eastern europe, wwII, etc. some other facts aren't that interesting, but it's an easy read so I would give it 4 out of 5.
Saul Jackson
Apr 24, 2013 Saul Jackson rated it did not like it
Poor boring and distinct lack of humour that is implied with the title. Too many chapters revolve around the author and 'facts' that are completely dull and uninteresting that I found myself quickly flicking through to the next section.
Nicole Yovanoff
Jan 20, 2013 Nicole Yovanoff rated it it was ok
The answer is yes! Okay, not really, but the stories were interesting at times. An interesting take on modern Europe. Fun read for a North American.
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