The Lessons of History is a short edition, about a hundred pages, written by Will and Ariel Durant – a couple who were both historians in their time, and presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their lifetime’s work. This one is one of their last publications, carries the weight of their fifty-plus years of study, and displays the quality of writing honed over that period. I cannot begin to recommend the book enough. It is short, illuminating, and engaging, with a dry wit that shines through and endears the book to me even more. High praise, but it has become one of my favorite books ever.
At points dry, but in general, a perspective-providing look at some aspects of history, examining them through mostly a commercial lens (e.g. the development of X region was caused by Y commodity).
This book was overall a 9/10 for me. 12/10 for the first half and a 7/10 for the second. You can learn so much from the rise of Genghis Khan, and the story reads like an actual story. Rather than just saying there was X battle in Y year, Weatherford lays out the motivations behind the powers and the conflicts that erupt, and the narrative comes alive. This is a perfect book for somebody who wants to begin reading history or learn about an infamous figure who deserves a much better reputation.