Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review: The Classics by Caroline Taggart

Title: The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome
Author: Caroline Taggart
Publisher: Readers Digest
Pub Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60652-132-8
Pages: 169
Price: 14.95/Hardcover
Genre: Reference/Words & Language
I received a free copy of this book from FSB Associates to read and post an honest review.

Book Synopsis from the publisher:
It's no myth: The legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans touches each of us in some way every day. In fact, the great thinkers from this period laid the foundation for much of our language, art, architecture, and science. Unfortunately, learning about such things can often be oh, so boring. But nil desperandum (do not despair). It's really not a Herculean task. With The Classics, author Caroline Taggart presents a lively refresher course of the most important "stuff" you need to know. From Homer's Odyssey to "alpha" male, from the Aeneid to Roman aqueducts, fill in the gaps in your education and reacquaint yourself with...
*Latin and Greek words used in English
*Classical literature, mythology, and philosopy
*Ancient Greek and Roman history

About the Author:
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer’s Market UK 2009.

My review:
The Classics is a fantastic book that can be used to read just for fun or as a great reference tool. Caroline Taggart covers topics from mythology to Greek and Roman history, to math, science, architecture, and philosophy. Taggart has done the research for you on these subjects and picked out the important highlights to include in the book. The book is written in a fun, upbeat style that takes the boring out of the historical details for those that don't find reading history to be their cup of tea. I find this book to also be a great review for those that do like reading history but might just want to brush up their memories a bit. I recommend this book to all as you not only could use this to get pertinent information for those tests you might have to take, but you can dazzle with your plethora of information at the next party you must attend.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review, could use a good mythological reference book in my home library.