The Time Traveler's Handbook by Johnny Acton
18 Experiences from the Eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock

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...such gonzo advice made me wish the book’s voice were more inimitable, more Let’s Go or Cadogan than Fodor’s or Frommer’s. That said, I’ve strapped on my time-traveler goggles. Scarf: securely fastened. And I’ve filled my carry-on with nothing but Imodium and wellies.
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Synopsis

Travel through time to witness some of the most extraordinary and colorful events in world history with this unusual and entertaining guide that includes fascinating cultural details from each period, including what and where to eat, what to wear, how to act like a local, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

Have you ever wished you could have experienced some of the most interesting and important events that have helped shape history? With The Time Traveler's Handbook you can! Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt, and James Wyllie transport you back in time, providing a “you-are-there” front-seat view of some the greatest moments in the human timeline.

Filled with engaging and colorful details, The Time Traveler's Handbook helps you make the most of your “travels,” giving you background information, insight into local customs, and advice on all aspects of period life to make your adventures authentic and help you actually live them. Forget museums and history books—The Time Traveler's Handbook gives you unprecedented access to a wide range of milestones, including Celebrations & Exhibitions; Moments That Made History; Cultural & Sporting Spectaculars; Epic Journeys and Voyages; and Extreme Events. Observe Mount Vesuvius erupt (and survive), see the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, boogie with the Beatles in Hamburg, accompany Marco Polo to Xanadu, attend the opening night of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, smell the cordite at the battle of Bull Run, and sit ringside at Foreman and Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa.

Illustrated with color and black-and-white paintings and photographs of famous figures and locations, as well as detailed maps and illustrations to aid in your journey through time, The Time Traveler's Handbook is the ultimate guide to exploring history that unlocks the wonders of the past as never before.

 

About Johnny Acton

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Johnny Acton is a writer who specializes in digging up obscure nuggets of information and making complex subjects accessible.David Goldblatt is the author of two books on soccer. He teaches sociology of sport at Bristol University and broadcasts regularly on BBC radio.James Wyllie is an author, award-winning screenwriter, and broadcaster. He has worked on numerous films for the BBC and Film4, and has written for several TV drama series. Author Image 1
 
Published May 24, 2016 by Harper Design. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Henry Alford on Jun 01 2016

...such gonzo advice made me wish the book’s voice were more inimitable, more Let’s Go or Cadogan than Fodor’s or Frommer’s. That said, I’ve strapped on my time-traveler goggles. Scarf: securely fastened. And I’ve filled my carry-on with nothing but Imodium and wellies.

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Good
Reviewed by Henry Alford on Jun 01 2016

There’s a very tasty kind of schadenfreude to be gained from imagining your time-traveling self enduring the rigors described in these pages. But what’s missing is a strong authorial voice.

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