Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy

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by Rick Beyer, Richard Beyer
     
 

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History isn't always made by great armies colliding or by great civilizations rising or falling. Sometimes it's made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets a bit rowdy. That's the kind of history you'll find in The Greatest Stories Never Told.

This is history candy — the good stuff. Here

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Overview

History isn't always made by great armies colliding or by great civilizations rising or falling. Sometimes it's made when a chauffeur takes a wrong turn, a scientist forgets to clean up his lab, or a drunken soldier gets a bit rowdy. That's the kind of history you'll find in The Greatest Stories Never Told.

This is history candy — the good stuff. Here are 100 tales to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy: more than two thousand years of history filled with courage, cowardice, hope, triumph, sex, intrigue, folly, humor, and ambition. It's a historical delight and a visual feast with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and maps that bring each story to life. A new discovery waits on every page: stories that changed the course of history and stories that affected what you had for breakfast this morning.

Consider:

  • The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer
  • Some Roman officials were so corrupt that they actually stole time itself
  • Three cigars changed the course of the Civil War
  • The Scottish kilt was invented by an Englishman

Based on the popular Timelab 2000® history minutes hosted by Sam Waterston on The History Channel®, this collection of fascinating historical tidbits will have you shaking your head in wonder and disbelief. But they're all true. And you'll soon find yourself telling them to your friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Full of tasty morsels…A delightful book to arm one for the next dull cocktail party.”
The Tennessean
“History like you’ve never read it before…Amusing.”
Denver Rocky Mountain News
“100 stories you haven’t heard will delight in knowing.…Lively, offbeat and surprising in quick-hit snippets.”
Dallas Morning News
“Surprising…the essentials of fascinating stories are here.”
VOYA
Beyer's fascinating book is filled with quirky and informative facts about world history events, people, and places. It began as the History Channel's salute to the millennium. The cable television network featured tantalizing tidbits of history in a few short minutes. Audiences were hooked, Timelab 2000 was a huge success, and thus this book was born. Beginning with the year 46 B.C. and ending in 1990, Beyer presents a chronological account of one hundred unknown, partially known, and familiar tales about an array of people and events that have shaped the world. Each story has an intriguing title such as "The Men Who Stole Time," "Up with Uppowoc," "Coffee and the Pope," and "Doctor Death." They range from the mundane to the fantastic, and refer to people and events as varied as Julius Caesar's adding two more months to the calendar to make the year 445 days long, tobacco being touted as a medicinal plant, Pope Clement blessing the drinking of coffee, and a French doctor devising a more humane method of execution. The invention of the croissant, the safety pin, and the man who almost discovered America are some of the other fascinating beginnings depicted in this delightful little book. Extensive research went into the production of this charming work. Primary documents in the form of letters, laws, illustrations, and photographs bring to life these unique and incredible anecdotes. This book is highly recommended for the classroom and the coffee table. Illus. Photos. Source Notes. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined asgrades 10 to 12). 2003, HarperCollins, 214p,
— Brenda Moses-Allen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060014018
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/18/2003
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
163,872
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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