Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: Ancient Rome: How it Affects You Today

Ancient Rome: How it Affects You Today by Richard J. Maybury


Recommended for: Ages 12 and up

"Ancient Rome" discusses what happens when higher law principles and a free market economy are ignored. Mr. Maybury uses historical events to explain current events, including the wars in the former Soviet Empire, and the legal and economic problems of America today. Is your government making the same choices that led to the fall of Ancient Rome? Will history repeat?

Can be used for courses in Ancient Rome, U.S. History, Government, and Economics.

 I read this book for school and since I have read another "Uncle Eric" book, I knew that it would be interesting.

 Very few non-fiction books are interesting or easy to pay attention to, but this book was. The book is structured as a letter. At the end of each chapter, it would say the main point of what the chapter was about. The book is short but to the point, and it is very informative. There were parts where it referenced another "Uncle Eric" book that I haven't read yet, but I didn't have any trouble understanding the book. The book was written in a conversational form, which is my favorite way for non-fiction books to be structured. To read this, it is good to know some history of Ancient Rome.

 The book is mostly on how history repeats, using the Roman empire as an example. It tells about how politicians have acted and still act and how it leads to many problems. It talks about the Soviet Empire and how it went down the same road that Rome did.

 The book tells about different symbols and architecture from ancient Rome that you will find in government buildings. He explains why one symbol disappeared from coins after World War II and what it means. It was interesting to see the parallels of what has been happening today and what happened hundreds of years ago.

 This book is interesting and a good way to see how history repeats. While I don't agree with everything that he says, I do think that it is beneficial to read.

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