Author: Wylie Overstreet
Genre: Non-fiction, humour
Released: 11 October 2011
Publisher: It Books
You're invited to view the most earthshaking wall posts since the beginning o time - from the Big Bang to Bin Laden, the dinosaurs to Obama. Facebook was there for it all.
Imagine if Facebook had been around since the Big Bang, and that all major historical events took place online. That's what this book is, the entire history of the world according to Facebook status updates, and it's a very enjoyable read.
At the creation of the universe, Facebook existed and everyone and everything had an account, and Wylie gives an overview of world history through the use of Facebook wall posts. From the dinosaurs becoming extinct, the assassination of Julius Caesar, to the Henry VIII beheading Anne Boleyn, both World Wars and the attacks of 9/11.
I found this book really enjoyable. It's such an interesting take on history, and although it's a very humourous take on history, it still looks at real historical people and events. And as someone who really enjoys history and is actually studying it, it was great to read snippets of things I've studied and have a laugh.
However, as the book went it, it became very focused on American history, and while it was enjoyable, it became no longer a book about world history. I also found that historical events from places in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia, Canada and South America were lacking or non-existent. As someone from Australia, it would have been nice to see just one or two pieces regarding Australia, rather than all USA. At the end, the book felt more like 'The History of America According to Facebook' rather than 'The History of the WORLD According to Facebook'. It wasn't a long book and would have benefited from being at least 50 pages longer just to include a wider variety of historical people and events from all over the world.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and although I had some issues with how it all came together and what was included/not-included, it was still a fun read and I definitely recommend it. You don't need to have a lot of historical knowledge, just a high school history education will be enough for you to understand what everything is referring to.