The Dangerous Book of Heroes by Conn Iggulden and David Iggulden


From the co-author of the bestselling ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’, this is a book of heroes, new and old, known and sadly forgotten, now to be glorified as they ought to be. From Captain Scott to Joe Simpson, from Douglas Bader to Ernest Shackleton, from Gertrude Bell to Emily Pankhurst, Conn Iggulden brings our great heroes from history back to life. Filled with the British sense of fair play and decency that made ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ so popular, ‘The Dangerous Book of Heroes’ celebrates those who fought for what is right and good, those who made amazing discoveries, those who moved boundaries in their lifetimes.

There are a few non fiction books which I remember from my childhood – or at least I remember snippets of them. These are generally books which lived at my nan’s house, and got picked up whenever I stayed. It’s quite easy to imagine this book falling into the same category for future grown ups!

It’s split into nice chunks, with each hero (or group of heroes) having their own chapter. It’s a great way to get little snippets of history, especially as it’s presented in such a positive way. Hopefully it will even encourage the readers to go out and find out more about the events and the people.

Of course, it’s not only for the young – anyone interested in finding out a little more about the people behind our history, it’s a good book to dip into.

I haven’t read any of the other ‘Dangerous’ books, so I can’t tell how it fits – but I may well now take a look.

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