Original Title: Strange History
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Printers Row (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 417
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts. Read about…
*The curse of Macbeth
*Stupid history: Hollywood style
*The secret LSD experiments of the 1960s
*In search of the lost “Cloud People” of Peru
*The Swedish queen who declared war on fleas
*Unearthing the past with the Outhouse Detectives
*The Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFO
*How to brew a batch of 5,000-year-old beer
*The brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s Coliseum
*Ghostly soup from ancient China
*The bathroom of the 1970s
And much, much more!
This was so much fun! I am a history nerd and any book that deals with history is a must read for me. However, sometimes these books can be a little too heavy to read just for fun. This had a lot of different and interesting facts but since they were presented in a humoristic way (and most were really funny), it was easy to read and take in.
Some of the facts were things I already knew, some new and some I do believe were exaggerated and probably made up, but it was a fun and interesting read. If you want to brush up on your historical knowledge but don’t want to read a big and dusty history tome, then this is a perfect alternative. It is also perfect if you want some obscure yet interesting facts to dazzle people with at parties or other social gatherings (if you are a nerd like me or if there is a lull in the conversation).
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.
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