Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: Making History by Stephen Fry

PhD Student Michael Young and Professor Leo Zuckerman hatch a plan to change history so that the concentration camps never existed: by making sure that Adolf Hitler is never born.

Fry has chosen an interesting subject and deals with it tactfully while still maintaining his trademark sense of humour. Making History asks questions of us: if we could change the past, would we? More importantly, even if we can change the past, should we? We may think we are acting to change things for the better, but we cannot foresee everything and this may lead to unexpected consequences.

Ultimately, though, Fry ends on a note of hope: the world can be a better place, whether it is despite or because of our actions.

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Written by Ann Brook (Library and Information Assistant)