Author(s): David Goldblatt
Have you ever wondered what you might need to wear if you were setting off back in time to be at the execution of Charles I? Or what might have been the best vantage point to watch the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and still survive? Or how you might get your point across at the trial of Greek philosopher Socrates and not cause offence or worse? This book will give you the answers and more. In their hugely readable, entertaining follow-up to the bestseller How to Watch the Olympics, Goldblatt and Acton transport you back to the greatest spectacles in history, allowing you to look on as Montezuma welcomes the Conquistadors into his kingdom and join the Boston Tea Party.* To help you make the most of your trip (48 hours unless otherwise stated) the authors fill you in on background information, drill you in local customs and advise you what to eat for the authentic experience. Forget museums, forget history books - the only way to do history is to live it. After all, the storming of the Bastille becomes a lot more vivid when you start to consider where you might get one of those cakes Marie Antoinette was recommending. *Please note that if you interfere with the events you attend you risk disrupting the space-time continuum, potentially altering the entire course of history and jeopardising your own birth.
An entertaining and informative travel 'guidebook' to some of the most important events in world history
David Goldblatt is the author of two books on football. He teaches sociology of sport at Bristol University and broadcasts regularly on the politics of sport for BBC Radio. Johnny 'Lord' Acton is a writer who specialises in digging up obscure nuggets of information and making complex subjects accessible. He has written books on everything from food (Preserved with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) to the history of balloons (The Man who touched the Sky).