An acclaimed historian and "New York Times"-bestselling author explores the many ways in which history affects everyone. Full of insights gleaned from studies of numerous historical events, "Dangerous Game" serves as a plea to treat history with care.An acclaimed historian and "New York Times"-bestselling author explores the many ways in which history affects everyone. Full of insights gleaned from studies of numerous historical events, "Dangerous Game" serves as a plea to treat history with care.Read Less
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This book is a long overdue assessment of the uses and abuses of history ,clearly giving examples of how nationalist, political, and religious movements re-write history to suit their particular claims. It is concise, and written with the same dispassionate assessment of events as was the author's Paris 1919. Well worth the read, and I would hope on the curricula reading list of every university and college. Highly recommended. As the NY Times has said, one of the ten best books of 2009.
Sep 10, 2009
An historian's treatise, for historians to love.
The New York Times' reviewer enthused over Margaret MacMillan's excellent (and brief) review of the realities of historical study in a time when 'popular' histories are the vogue. Having read "Dangerous Games" just before starting a new term with first year undergraduates, MacMillan is like the proverbial tonic, "breath of fresh air," and undiluted, distilled wisdom. Serious historian or serious (non-historian) general reader, she is "the bomb," as my students might say! :) Her optomism on Afghanistan may mark the weakest point, but that perhaps only serves to underscore what is truly a fascinating, analytical narrative in which she is so prescient.
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