History's Great Untold Stories: The Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World

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This eye-catching volume combines vivid first-hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary. Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our present day.

Readers encounter William the Silent, a Dutch monarch whose assassination may have triggered the 1588 launch of the ...

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Overview

This eye-catching volume combines vivid first-hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary. Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our present day.

Readers encounter William the Silent, a Dutch monarch whose assassination may have triggered the 1588 launch of the Spanish Armada and led Queen Elizabeth I to create the first known attempt at gun control. Another chapter introduces Rabban Sauma, a thirteenth-century Christian monk sent by Kublai Khan to seek a Christian-Mongol alliance against Muslims. There is also the remarkable story of twelve anti-slavery activists who fought the prevailing business and political establishment of their day to outlaw slavery in England, using tactics that have become tools of the trade for every grassroots movement that has followed.

Filled with fascinating sidebars, narratives, maps, illustrations, and concise biographies, this new volume gathers up the rich details that Western history left on the cutting room floor and turns them into stories that shed light on both vanquished and victor over the ages. With its fresh, design and accessible format, History's Great Untold Stories will be welcomed by the legions of readers who are eager to uncover "history's mysteries" and explore lesser known, non-Western views of world events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426200311
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 718,294
  • Product dimensions: 7.91 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told. His book Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections will be published in Spring 2007.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     8
The Cadaver Synod: The Most Controversial Trial in History     10
Portrait in Courage: The Leper King of Jerusalem     20
Subotai the Valiant: Genghis Khan's Greatest Strategist     32
Rabban Sauma: The Marco Polo of the East     46
When China Ruled the Waves: The Treasure Fleet     58
The Shot That Echoed Through the Centuries     70
The Shimabara Uprising and the Disappearance of Japan     84
Roger Williams: Father of American Civil Liberties     94
The Battle of Poltava and the Fall of the Swedish Empire     106
Vitus Bering and the Russian Discovery of Alaska     118
A Legend of Freedom: Francisco Dagohoy and the Rebels of Bohol     132
Pioneering Peaceful Protest: The British Abolition Movement     140
David Thompson: North America's Greatest Geographer     152
George Augustus Robinson: The Great Conciliator of Van Diemen's Land     164
William Walker: American President of Nicaragua     180
The Taiping Rebellion: The Second-Worst Conflict in History     194
John Wesley Powell and the Shaping of the American West     206
Guano: How the World Was Changed by Bird Droppings     220
The Last Amazons: The Fighting Women of Dahomey     230
Bringing the Irish War to America: The Story of John Devoy     242
Queen Min and the Battle to Save Korea     256
The Extermination of the Herero: The First Modern Genocide     270
Containing an Epidemic: The San Francisco Plague     282
Soghomon Tehlirian: Blessed Assassin of the Armenian Nation     296
William Beebe and Otis Barton: Explorers of the Deep     308
Nazis in Tibet: The Search for the Origins of the Aryan Race     322
The Malayan Emergency: A Lesson Not Learned     334
When the World Wasn't Looking: The Death of the Mexican Counterculture     346
Bibliography     358
Acknowledgments     360
Photography credits     360
Index     361
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