This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Tales of Titans, Vol. 2: From the Renaissance to the Electro/Atomic Age is a nonfiction collection of biographical essays written by Rich DiSilvio. In this second volume, DiSilvio starts with a survey of the Renaissance, beginning with the Medicis and concluding with a look at Einstein, Fermi and Wernher Von Braun. He discusses how the Renaissance was the result of “three milestones of human advancement,” which began with the establishment of a medical center in Salerno and the first university in Bologna, and then the efforts of Giovanni de Medici in Florence. DiSilvio captures the essence of each Titan in his historical series, giving just enough detail and background to make the personages come alive and to allow readers to see the interconnectedness of human endeavor. He also includes an extensive list of primary sources.
Rich DiSilvio’s nonfiction collection of biographical essays, Tales of Titans, Vol. 2: From the Renaissance to the Electro/Atomic Age, is the perfect way to refresh your knowledge of history from the Renaissance to the dawn of the Atomic Age. While the length of the volume itself may be deceptively slim, DiSilvio’s biographical essays are packed with details and enhanced with his own measured and scholarly take on history and human progress. I also read his first book in this three-part series, From Rome to the Renaissance, and appreciated how the historical thread continues so smoothly between that book and this. I was particularly interested in his discussions of Galileo and Darwin, as well as in his essays on Marconi and Tesla. DiSilvio seems to have a gift at finding connections that will surprise and delight his reader, such as the fact that Tesla and Mark Twain were friends. Tales of Titans, Vol. 2: From the Renaissance to the Electro/Atomic Age is a welcome refresher as well as an intriguing intro for further historical studies, and it’s most highly recommended.