Man vs Bookshelf

Man vs Bookshelf: 1001 Days that Shaped the World

This entry is part 70 of 97 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

A couple of entries ago I reviewed a book on Inbound Marketing. In doing so, I probably mentioned how I got into marketing because of my love of writing.

History, too, feeds into my love of writing.

From an early age, it was my favourite subject. Not so much the later stuff, but up to around the 1600s – with the Tudor period being my favourite – I was always fascinated.

I loved it enough that I pursued it through GCSE and A-Level, and eventually went on to choose it for my university subject.

As it turned out this was a mistake. I enjoy reading about history but the sheer depth of the subject at university (and the referencing, oh God, the referencing) bored me, and I was never going to put the work in.

What I loved about history was how much it always seemed like a story. There’s a reason it’s such a fertile ground for fiction writers, and that’s mostly down to the fact that it is an entirely different world, like nothing we would experience these days.

I always loved looking at the top level of history, as it inspires the writer in me, and it’s for this reason that I was keen to get hold of today’s book.


1001 Days that Shaped the World

I can’t remember where I first saw 1001 days, but I know that I was with my parents and that after I expressed an interest in it, they bought it for me for my birthday/ Christmas.

True to form, I didn’t read it for a long time, beyond picking at a few entries here or there. Of course, it is not necessarily the kind of book you would read cover to cover – unless you were doing a Man vs Bookshelf challenge.

My interest came from my love of writing, and my fascination for the crazier moments of history, so although I never got down to reading this, I was not unhappy about having to do it now.

Other than the fact it was 900 pages, and there was always the risk I wouldn’t do it in 7 days.

As it was, I did do it in precisely that length of time, making it the joint longest amount of time taken for me to read a book since starting this challenge.

The book itself was fascinating. There’s been a lot of history since the big bang, and in these 1001 days, we have only the most eventful days including the death of Julius Ceaser, the breaking from Rome by Henry VIII and the 9/11 attacks.

There’s not much to review here. The book is well written, well edited, and the choices are well made. Anyone who is interested broadly in history without worrying about the period or wanting to get too deep into it should give it a go.

If you’re not, probably don’t bother.

Next Time

Back into the world of fiction next time and we will be looking at the books that inspired one of my favourite TV series. 

It’s the first three books of the Dexter series, by Jeff Lindsay.

See you then

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International worst selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). Recently he is taking the internet by storm with his Man vs Bookshelf Challenge where he aims to read the 210 books on his bookshelf in 210 weeks, reviewing them on his blog and Goodreads along the way. He is also publishing books on Amazon, his most recent being the family suspense novel, Poor Choices, which you can find here.

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