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Twelve Against the Gods
This book is intended to elucidate history somewhat, more to illustrate it, to honor without hypocrisy the deeds of men and women whose destiny was larger, if not deeper than our own. Above all to shake loose the perception of the adventurer in us and of us in the adventurer. Included are sketches on the following: Alexander the Great; Casanova; Christopher Columbus; Mahom ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published by Kessinger Publishing
(first published 1929)
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The core idea of this book, which I love, is that greats throughout history are typically remembered for the one incredible thing at which they excelled - yet we forget that many were absolute failures at most everything else. Bolitho hilariously depicts the rise and downfall of some of the most familiar names in world history. Rather than being mean-spirited, though, the book's obsession with failure and foible reveals the human side of demigods. Bringing them down to earth, we can more closely ...more