Posted by Peter Falkenberg Brown
My mother, who was half Dutch (the artist Polly Kapteyn Brown) had this book on her shelf. I loved it as a child, and recently purchased a used copy of the same edition that I grew up with. This book is both fiction and non-fiction, for Van Loon recounts imaginary dinners with historical figures, and then proceeds to actual biography of each one, all done with a great deal of wit.
It's great reading for both adults and teenagers. If you love history, you'll love this book.