Tales of Some Extraordinary men and women who shaped History
This book deals with men and women of historical importance who have played crucial roles in shaping the destiny of various nations and the world. It narrates stories of not only the greatest achievements in science, culture and health but also of historical blunders in terms of regional as well as world wars. Tales of men who fought fearlessly in pursuit of land and wealth may be intriguing to the present generation. While the stories of great warriors like Alexander, Akbar and Napoleon may throw light on the dark side of history, the realisation of the folly of war by Asoka after the Kalinga war may instil some ray of hope in the youth. Stories of giants like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein may inspire not only the young scientists but everyone to explore nature and space. Sacrifices made by committed doctors of yester years who dedicated their lives to learn about the causes of diseases and their transmission and who thus saved millions of people from dreaded diseases like small pox and yellow fever may be a revelation for many. The fact that many of those scientists and medics were able to achieve these in spite of their poverty and the existing social taboos is a testimony to their dedication and grit. The achievements of Mary Curie, who fought against rampant gender bias, is worth emulating. The story of scientists like Archimedes who was killed in his study by war-mongering rulers may induce a sense of sorrow and anger among the readers. The readers may realize that the artistic achievements of Leonardo da Vinci, well-known for his creation “Mona Lisa,” are to be cherished for ever.
The story of the great navigators – Columbus and Vasco da Gama conquering the oceans in search of new world and wealth may be thrilling to lovers of adventure and exploration.
The fact that great souls like Mahatma Gandhi, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa have inspired millions of poor and helped the oppressed is an endearing story to be learnt by all.
About the Author: Dr. V.K.Muthu is a retired professor of Community Medicine with postgraduate qualifications in Public Health and Nutrition. He taught for nearly 30 years in Gandhigram Rural Institute, a deemed to be University in Tamil Nadu. He is deeply interested in social issues that affect social harmony. He is against war and condemns the huge military spending by countries. He has authored three books of poems and a book of essays on social problems. He has written two books for medical students—one on Public Health and the other on Nutrition. He is a regular contributor to Times of India blogs. His deep interest in social issues and his desire to make this a better world has prompted him to write this book on people who have played a great role in shaping the history of the world. He believes that history taught in educational institutions should enable students to learn lessons from the past which will pave the way for a better future.
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2021)
- Author: Dr. V.K. Muthu
- ISBN-13: 9781636401676
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 Inches
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