Eyewitness to History

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Aug 1, 1997 - History - 752 pages
6 Reviews

Imagine. . . Witnessing the destruction of Pompeii. . . Accompanying Julius Caesar on his invasion of Britain. . . Flying with the crew of The Great Artiste en route to dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. . .

Civilization's most momentous events come vibrantly alive in this magnificent collection of over three hundred eyewitness accounts spanning twenty-four turbulent centuries -- remarkable recollections of battles, atrocities, disasters, coronations, assassinations and discoveries that shaped the course of history, all related in vivid detail by observers on the scene.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
3
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Polaris- - LibraryThing

This was a fascinating collection to dip in and out of in small doses. Reading too much of it in one sitting would have been a bit overwhelming and - certainly in the latter 20th century chapters ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - psutto - LibraryThing

Good John Ed Carey edits a book which takes the best of first person eye witness (in the majority of cases) reportage of disasters, war, sporting events and historical events and puts them ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University. A distinguished critic and broadcaster, he is the author of four previous books on history and literature, and the editor of The Faber Book of Science. He lives in England.

Bibliographic information