- File Size: 3373 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998337501
- Publisher: DV Books (January 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MR65O98
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The format of DiSilvio’s “Tales of Titans” is that it features short, impactful vignettes of important historical figures and even goes so far as providing valuable insight of events as if they were currently unfolding before our very eyes. DiSilvio has the uncanny ability to put readers in the same space of these interesting people and one comes away from reading his works feeling both entertained and better informed.
Volume II covers the period between the Renaissance to the Electro/Atomic age and includes stories about the Medici’s, Gutenberg, Machiavelli, Martin Luther, Shakespeare, Marconi, Edison, and Einstein, among others. Historical literacy is important to DiSilvio so he carefully nurtures historical facts, indeed, students of history, as well as those with just a casual interest, will be well pleased with his latest work.
I received an advance copy from DV Books for an honest review.
I think the natural inclination for kids, and far too many adults as well, is to view books as a chore. Especially in the age of social media, if it’s more than 140 characters long, it has exceeded my word tolerance. I’ll just wait for the movie.
For an author to get over this hump, which is increasingly more like a mountain, seems like an exacerbating task, especially if you’re also trying to educate along the way. How do you turn that chore into a door?
Well, in learning of our history, I think Tales of Titans got it right. You focus on the PEOPLE. Real human beings doing real things; sometimes making great discoveries or displaying tremendous bravery, other times making mistakes or drawing incorrect conclusions. Things that might even resonate in my own life and provide a source of inspiration or serve as a warning, as is the case many times amongst the “titans” themselves.
History is not a sequence of faceless dates and events. History is people. If you want to capture my attention, to convince me it’s a door and not a chore, then present the people involved. Tell me their stories; what motivated them, what scared them, what angered them, what made them do what they did. Get me interested in the person, and the dates and events will stick. Just tell me of a date and the name of a battle, or an invention, and I will forget it before I’ve even finished reading it.
Tales of Titans presents a door to history that I want to enter. It tells me stories of the people who have shaped our world. It inspires me to dig deeper by encapsulating history in the hearts and minds of the people at its core. This is not how I remember history being presented to me during my formative education. I recall being presented a timeline of events that I was told were important and that I must remember. That is a chore. The books might as well have been telling me to go home and clean my room. I wouldn’t have paid attention in either case.
Volume 2 of Tales of Titans continues where Volume 1 left off, beginning with the Renaissance up through events surrounding World War II and the birth of the Atomic Age. It doesn’t shy away from debate on contentious issues, such as science vs. faith when showcasing Charles Darwin, or the development and use of nuclear weapons. The Tales of Titans books always present both sides of an issue and let the readers draw their own conclusions.
The best way to sum up Tales of Titans Volume 2, as with the other volumes, is that it presents a welcoming door to history. It showcases a wide swath of the people who have shaped how we live. There are stories in these books to spark the interest of every reader, and a bibliography to guide your first steps beyond the door into the story of us.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in history or wanting information about people you've heard about and want to know more.