Places of Destiny jellemzők

(...) In Places of Destiny, Ben Dupré tells the stories of 35 events that altered the course of history, and whose locations are indelibly etched into humanity's collective consciousness: the resistance of Leonidas' Spartans, an enduring epic of last-ditch heroism in the face of Xerxes' Persians at the lonely pass of Thermopylae in 480 BC; the sack of Rome in AD 410 when the Visigoths under Alaric swarmed into Rome and subjected the Eternal City to three days of looting; the estblishing of a settlement of courageous pioneers, harbinger of a great new nation, on Jamestown Island, Virginia, in 1607; the storming of the Bastille and the birth of modern republican politics in Paris on 14 July 1789; the extinction, senseless and bloody, of an entire generation of Western European manhood on the shattered plains of the Somme Valley in 1916; and the irruption of terror from the skies into a bright Manhattan morning on the most dreadful day of the infant 21st century. (...)