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365: Your Date With History Paperback – August 30, 2005
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A fascinating pot pourri that will appeal to lovers of historical trivia -- Good Book Guide
About the Author
W.B. Marsh was born in New York, and now lives in London. On his birthday - 26 October - the legendary `Gunfight at the OK Corral' took place at Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Bruce Carrick has worked in book publishing for many years in New York and London. On his birthday in 1897 Marcel Proust had a duel with fellow writer Jean Lorrain.
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I've really enjoyed this book. Each morning over breakfast, I read the entries for the day and learn a little bit more about history. The subject changes constantly, so it's never boring, and I can always leap ahead to see what happened on my birthday, or my wife's birthday, or our anniversary or whatever.
Although there are several other works that are similar to "365," I think this one is the best of the bunch. Still, in case you want to have something similar on hand when you finish with "365," you might consider these entries, all of which are more lightweight than "365" (but still entertaining): Whitely, "On This Date . . ." (2002); Spinrad, Sprinrad, Miller & Brown, "On This Day in History" (1999); Miller & Brown, "More on This Day in History" (2002); Donaldson & Donaldson, "The Book of Days" (1979) (eccentric and quirky); and Patterson, "What Time of Day Was That: History by the Minute" (2001).
For a more encylopedic but less readable approach to the subject, try The History Channel's "Today in History: A Day by Day Review of World Events"--this book has a lot more entries than "365," but it lacks Marsh and Carrick's elegant essays.
On the whole, I highly recommend "365" as a thoroughly enjoyable way of boning up on history.