REVIEW: Giants of European History: A Concise Outline, Jack J. Kanski

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Jack J. Kanski presents concise, illustrated histories covering a range of historical periods and providing readers with key information about events and people that have shaped the history of the world. In Giants of European History, Kanski offers readers key information on the background, biography and legacies of individuals ranging from Alexander the Great to Pope John Paul II. The books also contain information regarding key historical and military events and explore how individuals helped to shape the outcome of these conflicts. Using a didactic, bullet-point format and accompanied by many colour illustrations, including paintings and maps, Kanski’s A Concise Outline series enables readers to quickly and easily absorb key information about some of the world’s most famous historical individuals and events. The books are not designed for historians, but rather will appeal to the general reader searching for concise and informative history books.

Giants of European History, he says. Oh, dear god.
How - I ask, becoming more pissed off by the second - can you cover the so-called giants of European history if you only think to include four profiles focussed on women? Four??? Out of thirty-four??? Yes, a lot of European history is men making stupid decisions regarding battlefields but not 88% of it!
Do I really need to say more?
(I don't, but I am going to anyway - its didactic bullet-points? Pretty much broken-down paragraphs that have been copied and pasted from Wikipedia. And if I learn that it is not the original source of the material, I will probably faint from the shock).
If you want to learn more about key European figures from history, I urge you to pick up any book apart from this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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