The Hand of History
An Anthology of History Quotations and Commentaries
Michael Leventhal, editor
With drawings by Chris Riddell
“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.”
This Nigerian proverb, chosen by Cambridge University classics professor Mary Beard, is just one of the many thought-provoking and entertaining quotes chosen by a wide variety of notable historians in Great Britain, Canada, the U.S.A. and elsewhere.
For this fund-raising book, writers from around the world were asked to select their favourite (or a favourite) quote about history and to provide an original commentary explaining why it strikes a chord with them.
Among the contributors are: Joyce Appleby, Juliet Barker, Antony Beevor, Conrad Black, Michael Bliss, Asa Briggs, Richard Cohen, Saul David, Carlo D'Este, Terry Deary, John English, Charles Esdaile, Richard Evans, Juliet Gardiner, Martin Gilbert, Donald E. Graves, Charlotte Gray, Philip Haythornthwaite, Eric Hobsbawm, James Holland, Richard Holmes, Harold Holzer, Terry Jones, Arthur Keaveney, Ian Kershaw, Robert J. Kershaw, Ian Knight, Phillip Knightly, Guido Knopp, Andrew Lambert, Paul Lay, Quentin Letts, Allan Mallinson, John Man, Hilary Mantel, Dan Mills, Melissa Muller, Roger Moorhouse, Bill Nasson, David Nicolle, Charles von Onselen, Richard Overy, Laurence Rees, Andrew Roberts, Trevor Royle, James Shapiro, Gary Sheffield, Dennis Showalter, Dan Snow, Hew Strachan, Roy Strong, Claire Tomalin, Gerhard Weinberg, Keith Windschuttle and Efraim Zuroff.
The originating publisher of this book, Frontline Books, is contributing the royalties to Parkinsons UK.
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“The Hand of History is a compulsively readable compendium of memorable words.” Book of the Month Club, USA
“The Hand of History is an intriguing collection of thoughts and observations by an equally intriguing collection of individuals. Free rein has been given to the writers and historians who have contributed to this anthology…” John Grehan, Britain at War Magazine