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Eyewitness to History Paperback – August 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
"This unusual 752-page anthology of eyewitness accounts invites readers to dine with Attila the Hun, gaze on daffodils with Dorothy Wordsworth, attend Gauguin's impromptu wedding to a Tonga girl and roam Africa with Stanley as he searches for Livingston," noted PW , calling it "endlessly fascinating."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This fascinating collection includes nearly 400 firsthand accounts of events great and small, from the plague in Athens (330 B.C) to the fall of Marcos (1986). Editor Carey's standard for inclusion has been the quality of reporting, not the importance of the event. While most of the pieces record historic eventse.g., "The Death of Socrates, 399 B.C.," "Napoleon Enters Moscow, 14 September 1812," "The First Men on the Moon, 21 July 1969"others are simply charming"Green Children, 1150," "Kitten Overboard, 11 July 1754." A great browsing collectionthough perhaps not for bedtime since many of the accounts deal with war, execution, and diseaseand also useful for teaching history or journalism. Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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John Carey is a British literary critic and retired emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. He has twice chaired the Man Booker Prize judging panel and is chief book reviewer for the London Sunday Times and appears in radio and TV programs such as Saturday Review and Newsnight Review.
In the introduction, Professor Carey informs us that the book is one of reportage, of written accounts by eyewitnesses. According to him this makes for authenticity by relying on information from people who can say, “I was there,” such as the bystanders, travellers, warriors, murderers, victims, and professional reporters he has included in his collection.
There are over three hundred eyewitness accounts in this book, ranging in time from 430 BC to 1986 AD. The topics cover such events as the death of Socrates, the eruption of Vesuvius, the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, Sherman’s march to the sea, the San Francisco earthquake, Pearl Harbor, the gas chambers at Auschwitz, and the horror of Nagasaki. Of lesser prominence but no less interest are detailed accounts of strange funerals, green children, human sacrifices, a circumcision in ancient Rome, an 1811 mastectomy in Paris with no anesthesia, the conquest of Mt. Everest, and a stoning in Jeddah.
Some readers have decried the abundant violence and inhumanity found in the book. Keeping in mind that the most memorable events are those that assault the senses, it’s hard for me to imagine a book filled with joyful moments as being a real look at history. I find this book a compelling and realistic look at where the world has been.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
I'd love to see a second volume. It's not like material is lacking; the author could include almost any account of imperial excess from Seutonius, or Boccaccio's description of the plague in Florence (first chapter of the Decameron), or Tacitus' telling in the Germanica of political treaties conducted sober but ratified when drunk ... but if a second volume is produced, I'm sure Carey will come up with individual histories I've never encountered!