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101 World Heroes: Great Men and Women for an Unheroic Age

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In "101 World Heroes", bestselling historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents his personal selection of the 100 most heroic figures from the pages of world history. Emperors and queens, soldiers and statesmen, religious leaders and philosophers rub shoulders with composers and poets, scientists and explorers, artists and storytellers from three millennia. All are united not ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2007 by Quercus
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David Brown
It felt right to begin with Montefiore’s Monsters before moving onto Heroes. For every monster in history there are always heroes, both men and women, that leave a significant mark. While Monsters was mostly restricted to rulers of nations and murderers, Heroes is a diverse celebration of men and women in history from all walks of life.

This book follows the same structure as its darker companion with individual entries for historical figures comprising of a handful of pages but enough of a summa
Simon Sebag Montefiore has a great way of making things interesting and moving with his writing. Not only he wrote about why these men and women are included in his 'heroes' list, but for each character, there's a section that explains something associated with him/her, be it make-up of the age or a famous poem.

But of course, it's actually difficult to decide who's a hero and who's not. You may protest the presence of, say, Kemal Ataturk or David Ben-Gurion in the list. But all in all, this book
This book loses a whole star for using a picture of Gerard Butler to illustrate Leonidas of Sparta. A whole star, Montefiore, you could have had that star but noooo, you had to drag in that awful movie! Seriously, though, this book is lavishly illustrated, covers a wide range of people and times, with plenty of additional reading boxes to give information on the backgrounds of various people. It's meant to be interesting, not scholarly.
Good reading for history fans who don't want to have to concentrate terribly hard - although juxtaposition of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela will raise plenty of non-Tory eyebrows. There is a companion volume "Monsters".
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Simon Sebag Montefiore is the author of the prize winning books Jerusalem: the Biography' and Young Stalin and the novels Sashenka and now One Night in Winter. His books are published in over 40 languages and are worldwide bestsellers. He read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).

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