Friday, May 9, 2014
Book Review - A People's History of the Peculiar
About the Book
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it’s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People's History of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come! Also found here are first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen the brain and occupy readers’ minds for hours of entertainment.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that really opened my eyes to so many little tidbits of information that were both interesting and bizarre. I was amazed at some of the information shared and in the way that the book was written I was happy to find how easy the book was to read. With short sections you can really get through so many of the sections quickly, making the book very easy to read and to enjoy. All-in-all, I was really impressed and if you want to learn some really out of box tidbits of information, this is definitely the book to read!
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