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2nd Edition
Edited by Peter Furtado, Preface by Michael Wood - All books by this author

From the foundation of Rome on April 21, 753 B.C. to the Arab Spring of 2011, this newly updated edition of 1001 Days That Shaped the World focuses on those truly pivotal moments that have changed the direction of world history. This page-turner of a book summarizes each event with a dramatic descriptive article and memorable illustrations and photos. Among the general categories of events described by historian Peter Furtado and his team of researchers and writers are decisive battles, major natural disasters, historic assassinations, the hatching of political plots, artistic and cultural milestones, and much more. Recent crucial events added in this new edition include

  • The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, April 20, 2010
  • The Japanese Tsunami on March 11, 2011
  • Osama bin Laden killed by a U.S. Special Operations military unit in Pakistan, on May 2, 2011
  • The Euro debt crisis of 2011
Here are stories of human achievement, high drama, and memorable tragedy, explained in terms of their physical, cultural, social, or economic impact on the world. Supplemented with hundreds of evocative photos and illustrations.

Praise for the previous edition

From the Reviews:
“Lavishly illustrated both in color and in black and white… Most useful for secondary school students looking for paper topics; an optional purchase for public libraries.”
—Donald Altschiller, Library Journal, February 15, 2009

“this engaging collection serves up descriptions and photos of the most important and affecting moments in history.”
—Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald , November 30, 2008

About The Authors:
Peter Furtado
is a fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society and the editor of History Today magazine.

Michael Wood is the author of several highly praised books on English history, has made more than 80 documentary films, and has presented numerous TV documentaries on historical subjects, including The Story of India, broadcast in America on PBS. He is a fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society.


Hardcover w/jacket / 960 Pages / 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 / 2012


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