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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Dec 30, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, reference, favorites
Read in January, 1980

"From A Proud Tower in the Town, Death Looks Gigantically Down" This book draws parallels between the 14th and 20th centuries. Of particular interest to Tuchman: the numerous calamities, diseases, genocides and general bullshit humans seem to be sucked into. Tuchman is a highly accessible historian - all her books are so well written and, well, just so darn interesting. The proud tower reference is from Poe and speaks to humanity's tendency to construct fragile social edifices that often end in death and destruction.
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