Ok, my Kindle has officially packed up. Yes, first it just froze, then started working again a few weeks later, then while on the camping trip to Bucklegrove, the screen has gone.
Anyway, it’s paper books all the way for a while till that’s fixed. Either way, the Kindle wouldn’t have been able to present ‘the history’ in anywhere near the same high quality way, compared to the paper version. If I had an ipad, I could have downloaded it in full colour.
But, A History of the World in 100 Objects is well researched and interesting, with some very good images. There is a good background section to each of the objects and each is used to explain a period of human history, from the Stone Age to our present.
If anyone I know wants to borrow it then be my guest – it’s fairly expensive but well worth a look, especially if you are interested in history or human psychology. As a printed format, it works well and i’m not convinced that the original radio format was the best way to convey the details, given that seeing the objects is a major part of the experience of an object, for most people. A picture is worth a thousand words.