Hidden Lessons from History
Hidden Lessons from History is Peter Chronis’s attempt to educate readers who are ignorant of the backstory of many well-known buildings and landforms around the world. To the naked eye, these wonders are merely beautiful, but when the owner of said eyes does some digging into the past, they will find that there is more of a story to that location than they realize. Unfortunately, the stories don’t always show people in the best light; but when compared to events of today, it does show that humans haven’t changed too much since the beginning of time.
Chronis includes pictures and short three-paragraph text of thirty-two wonders of the world. They include but are not limited to, the Colosseum, Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Italy, Mount Jimmy Simpson in Canada, the Notre Dame in France, Old San Juan in Puerto Rico, Anse du Gouverneur in Saint Barthelemy, Buckingham Palace in England, The White House and Castle Geyser in America, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Greece. In his introduction of the book, Chronis explains that he has visited each of these sites but, at the time of arrival, had never previously known their history, aka what makes them extra special. The backstory of these attractions contains historical, and sometimes saddening facts about the location; interestingly, many of the spots had a history with Christianity, for better or worse.
The pictures included in the book are professional and show-off the location’s beauty; I love their colors and angles. I appreciate what Chronis is doing with this book; too many people (myself included) don’t even know about all of the sites in his book, let alone their backstory. When people are made more aware of the beauty that lies within their grasp, there becomes a deeper appreciation for what we have available to us. By learning the backstory, we as a whole can work toward not making the same mistakes as those in the past to ensure a better future for ourselves. I can understand the number of sites included in other countries, especially with their rich history; maybe someday we can see a book of sites just in the United States to be able to understand our own country better. Being in the History category, this is a shorter book; however, I don’t feel like much is missing in its content. For readers who like short, concise history lessons, this is the right book for you. I would liken Hidden Lessons from History as an educational and conversation-starting coffee table book that can be displayed year-round.
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