Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war. The work became immensely popular, earning him world renown and solidifying his reputation as one of the influential voices of his time.
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Comprehensive, the very important non fiction book
This book should be mandatory for every educated mind. Even if you hate history, you may tend to grasp that everything has some basis and this book provides the curious mind the why to many of those aspects. From the rise of religion to their prophets to wars, to great conquests and the vain glory, it covers all. You may find the answer to a question you had when you were 15 years old and which has been twirling in your brain ever since.
Excellent narrative - I read another review about the narrator being slow and there is nothing I heard which was not appropriate to this book. In fact for a historical narrative, the clearer the narrative the better it is and that was the case.
At many times, it made me reconceptualize when I realized what I had been missing in the understanding of the event.
The book provides a narrative across ages and across nation states- that helps compare and come to an understanding why things are, even if they are incongruous till today
- Neera Gupta