Monday, January 27, 2014

Nonfiction Monday: Historical Hearthrobs

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus Kelly Murphy and Hallie Fryd

I am falling more and more in love with Zest books for their fun and quirky looks at history and pop culture. Their latest offering looks at 50 historical figures and explains why they're heartthrobs-- whether it's their looks, their daring, their dedication or something else. For each, we get 4 pages, including pictures, quotations about them, a brief biography, a briefer detailing of their love life, and a section on why they matter today. Much like Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) (also by Fryd) it's conversational and fun and will hopefully lead teens to want to learn more about a particular person. Very, very fun.

Even better, I love the range of people Murphy and Fryd include-- great diversity for what people are known for and where they're from (both time and place). We've got obvious ones like Byron and Josephine Baker and Mati Hari and not-so-obvious ones like Ceaser Chavez and Jane Goodall. There's Gloria Steinam and Nikola Tesla, Teddy Roosevelt and Nellie Bly, Duke Kahanamoku and Huey P. Newton, Bessie Coleman and Benazir Bhutto. It's an interesting collection and a fun lens to look at some fascinating people.

I'm participating in the official blog tour and said that as part of my tour stop, I'd look at my own favorite Historical Heartthrob. I nominate Sun Yat-Sen. Not only was he a looker, but he helped over throw Chinese imperial rule, even if he happened to be out of the country (drumming up support and funds) when the actual revolution happened. (D'oh.) He's an odd character in Chinese history, as he's one of the few, if not the only, modern hero that Mainland China, Taiwan, and the overseas Chinese communities can all agree on as being awesome. He's buried in Nanjing on the top of a mountain.

But, an even better part of being on blog tour? GIVEAWAY TIME!

Book Provided by... the publisher, for blog tour partcipation

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1 comment:

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books said...

The wide range of historical heartthrobs was my favorite thing about the book, too! I loved how they mixed up obvious hotties with the not-so-obvious ones.