As the old adage goes, art is a reflection of its time. In their seminal volume, entitled “How to Read World History in Art” authors Flavio Febbraro and Burkhard Schwetje prove this idiom to be the case in their in-depth examinations of art and how it impacts our understanding of major historical events. From the proclamation of the Code of Hammurabi to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this book presents a comprehensive and vivid look at history through art. The authors also transcend specific events to probe broader themes, such as war and modernization, to yield a perfect marriage of history and art. More information here.