Pro: This book is an eye-opening memoir about Frank McCourt’s childhood. Some common themes include poverty, alcoholism, religious beliefs, society, class, and most importantly perseverance. I really enjoyed this memoir.
Con: It does paint a poignant picture of what it is like to be in rags and have to feed your kids sugar water instead of nutritious food. It’s brutal and honest. Which is what I love about it, but some readers may not like reading about such desperate times.
The kindle edition has 45 pages. It took me about 20 minutes to completely read it. It consists of multiple explanations for why the Black Death started. It also talks about plague doctors and literature works that resulted from the plague. It briefly discusses persecution due to religious beliefs. Most importantly, the timeline goes through different outbreaks.
Pro: The structure of the book starts with the Black Death, then the second pandemic, and ends with the third pandemic. This allows the reader to understand that there was more than one outbreak. Great book for those wanting to learn a little about the Black Death.
Con: While this little book is comprehensive, some of the events mentioned are very brief. So, if you are looking for a book that is more in-depth when it comes to different pandemics then this book is not for you.
This is a short read consisting of about 60 pages. The events in this book are told as a story. The timeline goes through the debatable number of Crusades. This includes the Kingdom of Heaven, the King’s Crusade, the Self-Defeating Crusade, the Final Crusade, and ends with the Post-Crusade World.
Pro: The structure of the timeline is great because it does not only note facts about the Crusades but tells them in relation to significant historical figures which helps the reader with the details.
Con: You need to know a few facts before reading. Such as what the Crusades were (if you don’t already know). You should also know about the seven major crusades that historians count.