Book Review : 5 Cities that ruled the world

27 Mar



I got this book as a free review copy from Thomas Nelson, and you can find it either on their product page, or at Amazon or here.

The book describes itself as “The gripping and illuminative story of how five cities—Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York—shaped the course of global history.”

It is a short book, about 200 pages of material, so if you are expecting a lot of insight and detail you will be disappointed.  Instead it devotes about 40 pages to each city, and the role it has played in world history, including its spiritual influences.

I enjoyed the book, although I found it a little short of detail.  It does however make an excellent case for showing how the cities fitted together, particularly time-wise.  It was very readable, and I took about two days to finish it.  It did seem that there was less detail about the later cities than the earlier ones, and by the time we got to New York it felt like we were rushing too finish.

Don’t expect too much new, but it might just inspire you to go out and buy some more books about the subject.

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Posted by on March 27, 2010 in books


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