Monday, August 3, 2015


1913: In Search Of The World Before The Great War, A Penny Dreadful Review

1913. An interesting year. The year before the sweeping changes of the Great War. What was it like? What was it like in Paris? In London? Berlin? Charles Emmerson is here to answer your questions.
               1913: In Search Of The World Before The Great War is arranged in sections by city, a great information mine about Vienna, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, and more. It is an in-depth and detailed portrait of a world poised on the brink of a new era. This book is an incredible resource, a well-spring of historical knowledge.
              The drawback to this magnificent work of knowledge is that it is very dense and very dry. What should be fascinating and exciting comes across as a blur of facts. This book is an incredible work of research, but I wish it were written in a juicier style.
            I give this opus two and a half gears out of five. It's like reading an odious textbook, but there is so much knowledge here that it cannot be passed up.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather

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