Book Review: Historical Tweets

Ever wonder what Isaac Newton might have said if Twitter had been around in his time? How about Alexander the Great or Billy the Kid?

Well, in case you were wondering, here they are:

“Took an hour to get that bird crap out of my hair. Think I’ll change it to “apple” when I tell the story.” – Isaac Newton
“Accomplishments just earned me title “Alexander the Good.” Must work harder.” – Alexander the Great
“Realizing my nickname doesn’t bode well for my longevity.” – Billy the Kid

I read a lot of “serious” books, so when Random House recently sent me a copy of Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World, by Alan Beard and Alec McNayr, I was intrigued.

This book is far from a thinker (although you’ll find yourself scratching your head searching for the reference from time to time), but for casual “passing the time” reading, Historical Tweets is a hoot. It essentially walks through historical (and mythical) figures, through to futuristic tweets, providing comical guesses at the kind of things they would have tweeted.

From “@God OMY! I’m naked” (Adam) to “Visit us at our new home:” (Twitter – sent from “exit strategy”), this book is great for when you have a couple of moments spare and want a chuckle.

I’ve shown Historical Tweets to numerous people now, and every one of them has found different things to laugh at. That’s a winner in my book. I wasn’t sure to expect and it’s certainly not a thinker, as I said, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’ve enjoyed every moment of reading it so far, and will likely continue to do so for a while.

Great coffee table reading for geek-filled households.

Dave Fleet
EVP Digital at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.