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- Print Length: 154 pages
- Publisher: DV Books (October 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4OAXXI
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One thing I liked is his little commentary that come after some of the stories. He goes into detail on what we concretely know about these times and what parts of the story were improvised to bring these historical giants to life. In my opinion, this is a great supplement to explore history. It is nice getting a different, more personal picture of historical events and figures. Even though the dialogue and scenarios are often made up, it still gives us a deeper view on what life may have been like back then. I would definitely recommend!
This is the initial volume of Rich’s TALE OF TITANS series and after reading volume one – From Rome to Renaissance – it is almost certain the reader will continue through the entire series. Rich’s style is compelling, jolting in the manner in which he lays open history in the form of biographies tat make past tense feel so immediate that we feel as though we are walking through the period with old friends.
The synopsis provides a time map for the reader – ‘Tales of Titans Vol. I brings great historical figures to life with concise yet compelling essays, coupled with engaging narratives that enlighten readers to the miraculous deeds, and misdeeds, of numerous titans who have significantly shaped Western civilization. This handsomely illustrated series offers readers brief biographical overviews and cogent analysis, while the quasi-fictional scenarios transport readers into a fascinating past, whereby putting flesh on the bones of several titans and offering glimpses into their hearts, minds, and actions. Yet these engaging tales are constructed from actual events and are infused with original quotes that prove to be both humanizing and instructional. Meanwhile the essays offer unique factoids and perspectives that broaden understanding. Titans featured in this volume: Augustus Caesar, Vespasian & Titus, Hadrian, Constantine, Dante, Brunelleschi, Columbus, Vespucci, King Ferdinand, Pope Alexander VI & Cesare Borgia, and Leonardo da Vinci.
To taste the flavor of Rich’s writing, the following introduces Augustus Caesar – ‘The life-giving gas rapidly expanded his tiny virgin lungs, following a brisk slap on the back. Thus was Gaius Octavius’s first breath of life free from the womb. He would soon learn that it would be an endless struggle to maintain this precious gift, and that even though every breath one takes is by one’s own effort, a supportive slap on the back is crucial to survival. Now in his twilight years, the great ruler, who had come to be called Augustus, or most exalted as the name implies, was reflecting upon his long and illustrious career, with a concerned eye toward the future. His early rise to power was marked by many near-death engagements on the battlefield, as well as in the perfidious political arena. Quite miraculously, those conflicts had been waged when he was only a mere teenager. Having outwitted perhaps the most learned sage of his age, Marcus Cicero, and beaten the most feared general, Marc Antony, Augustus—a solitary country boy who stepped out of obscurity to seize the greatest empire of his day—had shocked all. With the lifelong aid of his most trusted general and loyal childhood friend, Agrippa, he had secured many years of peace, which he could now calmly reflect upon and cherish with a ripened grin. Priding himself on his earthy good sense, disdain for the ostentatious, and a paternal persona that would guide and elevate an entire empire, Augustus established what he believed was the only solution to a corrupt and war-ridden Rome. His decisions proved right: he presided over a renewed golden age for over four long decades and had made Rome the wonder of the world. Augustus had much to be proud of
This is a magnificent epic, one that will be always with us - and hopefully in the classrooms of students who so desperately need to understand our true history. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, November 17