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They Saw It Happen

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Here are more than 60 eyewitness accounts of notable historical events, such as the Battle of Thermopylae, the Black Death of the 1340s, The Great Fire of London in 1666, the 1793 Execution of Louis XVI, The Death of Vice Admiral Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, The American Civil War (1861-1865) and the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. But there are also snapsh ...more
Audio CD, 4 disc set, 0 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Naxos Audiobooks
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Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating glimpse into history!

I am not given to audiobooks, preferring to read paper copies, but this seems to only be available as an audio, and in this case I think it worked to the book's advantage. The various voices employed served to draw the listener in and really bring to life the personal anecdotes being told.

This series of vignettes takes the reader/listener on a real journey through time and does so in a very personal way, given that each one is taken directly from sources o
Nov 20, 2015 added it
"They Saw It Happen," by Matthew Lewin, is a collection of eye witness accounts of some of the most famous moments in world history. These events also seem to be the most horrific. Nearly all have to do with death in some form or another: battles, beheadings, mass suicide, genocide, assassinations, murder and the plague. Others with such cheerful topics as slavery, witch trials, cock fighting,a mustard gas attack and the exploitation of children. Even the pilgrims landing on the shores of New En ...more
M.A. Nichols
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love history books, but I’m more of a Podcast-style historian. I love brief snippets—just short rundowns of historical events. I find most history books too dry for keep my attention the entire time, so I really like how this book moves from story to story. Plus, it’s neat to see history from the perspective of those who lived through it, rather than third parties writing about what has happened. So, I enjoyed this one, but it wasn’t super amazing.
Mick Pletcher
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it gives perspectives from common people on historic and extraordinary events. It is refreshing to hear history being told from a non-historian.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A little more context for each excerpt would have been helpful, but all-in-all I enjoyed it.
Rebecca Budd
Powerful words that transported me back in history. Better than a time machine.
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