A History of Love and Hate in 21 Statues

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$16.00  $14.88
Publisher
Aurum
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Pages
256
Dimensions
5.24 X 7.84 X 1.0 inches | 0.66 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780711266131

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About the Author
Dr. Peter Hughes is a philosopher and psychologist with expertise in how individuals succumb to the madness of crowds. He has a PhD in philosophy and is a member of the British Psychological Society. An experienced broadcaster, he has worked with extremes of human behaviour and his combination of academic expertise and real-world experience give him a unique perspective on the statue wars.
Reviews
'Fascinating analysis. A great read.' Julia Hartley-Brewer, TalkRADIO TV Breakfast Show
"An innovative and compelling examination of the fundamental DNA of humanity - our talent for creation and destruction."
ROBIN MORGAN, award-winning journalist former editor of The Sunday Times Magazine

"This book considers why statues, and their removal, continue to provoke strong emotions. It also tells us the stories of 21 acts of statue destruction, why they took place, and what they tell us about our view of the past."
BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

'An enjoyable survey of historical antagonism, and a welcome alternative perspective on a flashpoint in the culture wars'
Dominic Selwood, TLS


'An enjoyable survey of historical antagonism, and a welcome alternative perspective on a lashpoint in the culture wars.' THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

'A remarkable work of history...If you want to understand the statue debate, this is the book for you.' ASPECTS OF HISTORY

'An innovative and compelling examination of the fundamental DNA of humanity - our talent for creation and destruction.'
ROBIN MORGAN, award-winning journalist former editor of the Sunday Times Magazine
'A remarkable work of history from a psychologist and philosopher - if you want to understand the statue debate, this is the book for you. Beginning with Hatshepsut in ancient Egypt, through antiquity and the medieval period featuring Nero, Athena and Huitzilopochtli of the Aztecs, the majority deal with destruction from the 20th and 21st centuries. But each essay is far more than an account of their removal. There is gold dust to be found within each, such as Isabel Wilkerson's experience with a Trump supporting plumber (that had me optimistic for the future); and the analysis of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and the Belgian colonial behaviour behind it is spellbinding. Towards the end Hughes deals with the big-guns: Colston, Cecil Rhodes, Stalin and Saddam Hussein and each is handled brilliantly as other histories are interweaved to make the reader see the implications of each demolition. If you're looking to really understand the statue question, this is the book for you.' OLIVER WEBB-CARTER, Aspects of History

'Fascinating analysis. A great read.'Julia Hartley-Brewer, TalkRADIO TV Breakfast Show

'This book considers why statues, and their removal, continue to provoke strong emotions. It also tells us the stories of 21 acts of statue destruction, why they took place, and what they tell us about our view of the past.'
BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE