Seattle Picks: History
Annotation:A captivating exploration of the role played by exotic animals in history and politics, ranging from ancient Egypt and Rome to Renaissance Italy, Aztec Mexico and current day America.
Annotation:A fresh look at not only the religious motivations of the Puritans, but also the economic and geopolitical climate which spurred their migration from England.
Annotation:Spanning more than a dozen countries and a thousand years, the riveting tales in this beautifully illustrated volume range from “The Leper King of Jerusalem” to “Nazis in Tibet.”
Annotation:The early 1800s in America was a time of western expansion, short-sighted leaders and misunderstood intentions according to Davis, who draws interesting conclusions about the present from our colorful past.
Annotation:Portrays the compelling struggles, achievements and events that catapulted formerly enslaved and freeborn men into their roles as lawmakers in a nation rebuilding itself after the Civil War.
Annotation:An enthralling look at the enormous influence wielded by Queen Eleanor and her sisters Marguerite, Sanchia and Beatrice in 13th-century Europe.
Annotation:A chronicle of the turbulent decade leading up to the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.
Annotation:A historian takes a fresh look at the fall of the Roman Empire, arguing that the Roman emperors and not the invading barbarians were responsible for the collapse.
Annotation:This sweeping version of 400 years of Crusades illuminates key figures, highlighting events and revealing similarities between “crusade” and “jihad” as well as how religious strife between the two religions persists into the modern era.
Annotation:Delve into the revolutionary philosophy of America’s founding fathers and into the lives of the “big five”: Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton.
Annotation:The author of The Discovery of France breathes life into the City of Lights by bringing immediacy to the stories of the famous and lesser-known inhabitants of one of the world’s most celebrated cities.
Annotation:Robert Fortune, Scottish gardener and plant hunter, is sent in 1848 to steal tea plants, seeds and horticultural secrets from China. His adventures are as steeping hot and flavorful as the tea the English crave.
Annotation:The author’s exhaustive search for primary source material – interviews, oral histories, autobiographies, letters and diaries – results in this unique eyewitness account of the Civil War era.
Annotation:Seeking the fastest pitcher in baseball history leads to some intriguing stories like a fatal fastball pitch and the biomechanics beyond the art of throwing a ball at breakneck speeds.