Book Beginnings: 1913 by Florian Illies

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The first second of 1913. A gunshot rings out through the dark night. There’s a brief click, fingers tense on the trigger, then comes a second, dull report. The alarm is raised, the police dash to the scene and arrest the gunman straight away. His name is Louis Armstrong.

My thoughts:
These opening sentences are a great example of the kind of non-fiction writing that pulls me right in. It has the engaging style I look for when selecting history titles, especially. Charlotte Mason would call this a “living book”. Bonus points from me for starting off with an anecdote about Louis Armstrong! 😉

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