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The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
I'm somewhat torn about this book. The writing is well done and the subject matter, the Medici, SHOULD be interesting. But the author seems to focus on the more trivial details of this family's life and times. So much detail goes in to describing what the Medici liked to eat, what they liked to wear, what they did for fun, it sometimes seems like this is the special Medici issue of USWeekly. The title of the book would seem indicate the focus of the book is HOW the Medici came to power and HOW they eventually lost it, but these subjects are treated almost as secondary. A typical passage in the book is a sentence like "Cosimo de Medici became wealthy through his business acumen and hard-working nature.", followed by a paragraph on the pageant he threw to celebrate St. Laughably Obscure Day. Some people, I'm sure, would find the art history, culinary details, and wardrobe descriptions interesting, but I didn't buy this book for that. I bought the book to find out why the Medici, rather than any other Florentine family, rose to dominate the city for so long, and why they eventually lost their grip on power. A more accurate title for this book might be "The Medici: Their Lives and Times" or "The Medici: A Cultural History". Maybe there's just not a lot of information available on how the Medici rose to economic prominence, but in that case don't subtitle your book 'Its Rise and Fall'.
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