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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,674 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret MacMillan Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781440759918
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Margaret MacMillan, an acclaimed historian explores here the many ways in which history, its values and dangers, affects us all, including how it is used and abused. The New York Times bestselling author of Paris 1919 and Nixon and Mao reveals how a deeper engagement with history in our private lives and, more important, in the sphere of public debate can guide us to a richer, more enlightened existence, as individuals and nations. Alive with incident and figures both great and infamous, including Robespierre, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush, Dangerous Games explores why it is important to treat history with care.

History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. The manipulation of history is increasingly pervasive in today’s world. Dictators may suppress history because it undermines their ideas, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may tell false, one-sided, or misleading stories about the past. Political leaders might mobilize their people by telling lies. Adolf Hitler, for instance, blamed the Jews for Germany’s humiliation at Versailles and its defeat in World War I. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid the all-too-common traps in thinking to which many fall prey, as MacMillan skillfully illuminates. This brilliantly reasoned work will compel us to examine history anew, including our own understanding of it, and our own closely held beliefs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Succinct yet substantial…A frequently mordant and consistently provocative indictment of the myriad ways in which history…is too often distorted, politicized, and badly mishandled.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Provocative…Astute…Dangerous Games should be read by anyone concerned with making the public dialogue as open and honest as possible.”

    Washington Post

  • “MacMillan is a superb writer who can bring history to life.” Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Reminds readers that history matters…This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the importance of correctly understanding the past.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “For both historians and lay readers, this thoughtful and provocative work will be enlightening and useful.”


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About the Author

Margaret MacMillan is a historian and professor at the University of Oxford, where she is Warden of St Antony’s College. She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto and previously at Ryerson University. A leading expert on history and international relations, she is a frequent commentator in the media.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.