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I Believe in Yesterday by Tim Moore
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Feb 28, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, humour, history
Read in February, 2011

An absolutely hilarious history of living history and reenactment. It's a little rough going for anyone not familiar with Britishisms and popular British culture, but if you're an Anglophile, you'll find your feet in no time - which is more than can be said for the author, who found himself slipping and sliding in all manner of mud and muck on his several-century excursion through living history.

From 900AD British villages to Roman reenactors in Denmark to the American Civil War period, Moore covers it all, in increasing verisimilitude. All the while, he notes that he's really not cut out to be anything other than a modern man - even though he rejoices in some of the simpler pleasures of life in earlier times, particularly when they involve gunpowder and artillery. It's not a terribly "big picture" book - there's only a few paragraphs strewn throughout that attempt to make more of this adventure than merely an adventure, proclaiming that modern man is rather soft and we've gotten out of touch with our pre-technological (heck, our pre-plumbing) roots. But honestly, that makes it better - rather than preaching the merits of latrines and "toughening up," the book simply focuses on living out various periods of our past, and does so in an intensely engaging manner.

A must-read for anyone interested in history, living or not.

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02/22/2011 page 15
6.0% "The Richard Branson crack alone has me hooked."
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