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The Rest is History

Historys Most Curious Questions Answered

Tom Holland Dominic Sandbrook



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01 November 2023
Make room Herodotus, stand down Bede, pipe down Pepys – there’s a new history book in town.

From the chart-topping podcast The Rest is History, a whistle-stop tour through the past – from Alexander the Great to Tolkien, the Wars of the Roses to Watergate. The nation’s favourite historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take on the most curious moments in history, answering the questions we didn’t even think to ask:

- Did the Trojan War actually happen? - What was the most disastrous party in history? - Was Richard Nixon more like Caligula or Claudius? - How did a hair appointment almost blow Churchill’s cover? - Why did the Nazis believe they were descended from Atlantis?

Whether it is sending historical figures to Casa Amor in a series of Love Island, ranking history’s most famous eunuchs and pigeons (including Winkie, the unsung hero of the Second World War), or debating the meaning of greatness, there is nothing too big or too small for Tom and Dominic to unpick.

So run your Egyptian milk bath, strap up your best Spartan sandals, and prepare for a journey down the highways and byways of the human past. . .


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Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781526667748
ISBN 10:   1526667746
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tom Holland is a British historian and award-winning author of twelve books on classical and medieval history. Educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge, he has presented documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Dominic Sandbrook is a British historian and author of eight books on modern history. Educated at Malvern College, St Andrews and Oxford University, Sandbrook is regular writer for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times, and has written and presented many documentaries for BBC Two and BBC Radio 4.

Reviews for The Rest is History: Historys Most Curious Questions Answered

I came, I saw, I conquered this book -- JULIUS CAESAR Back when I invented history, this was exactly the kind of book I hoped would end up being written -- HERODOTUS We few, we happy few, we friends of The Rest is History -- HENRY V If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. If you want to know history’s most amusing anecdotes, ask Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook -- MARGARET THATCHER Glory is fleeting, but this book is forever -- NAPOLEON BONAPARTE We shall read it on the beaches, etc. -- WINSTON CHURCHILL If only I read this before going to Cowes -- THE KAISER Reading this book is the opium of the masses -- KARL MARX Full of top fashion tips -- DIETRICH VON HÜLSEN-HAESELER Not long enough -- EDWARD GIBBON Et tu, The Rest is History? -- JULIUS CAESAR Tis better to have read this book and loved it than never to have read it at all -- ALFRED LORD TENNYSON Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s book -- GOD

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