Seattle Picks: History

The Medici Giraffe
The Medici Giraffe And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power By Belozerskaya, Marina Book - 2006 636 B4189M 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 3 copies

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.

Making Haste From Babylon
Making Haste From Babylon The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World : A New History By Bunker, Nick Book - 2010 974.402 B884M 2010 Available in some locations

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.

History's Great Untold Stories
History's Great Untold Stories Larger Than Life Characters & Dramatic Events That Changed the World By Cummins, Joseph Book - 2006 909 C9129H 2006 Available in some locations

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.”

A Nation Rising
A Nation Rising Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters From America's Hidden History By Davis, Kenneth C. Book - 2010 973.099 D2947N 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Capitol Men
Capitol Men The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen By Dray, Philip Book - 2008 973.81 D797C 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Four Queens
Four Queens The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe By Goldstone, Nancy Bazelon Book - 2007 940.18409 G5789F 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:An enthralling look at the enormous influence wielded by Queen Eleanor and her sisters Marguerite, Sanchia and Beatrice in 13th-century Europe.

The Judgment of Paris
The Judgment of Paris The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism By King, Ross Book - 2006 759.40903 K5868J 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:A chronicle of the turbulent decade leading up to the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874.

The Great Wall
The Great Wall By Man, John Book - 2008 951 M3112M 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two millennia of Chinese history are explored through history and legend of the Great Wall.

The Ruin of the Roman Empire
The Ruin of the Roman Empire By O'Donnell, James Joseph Book - 2008 937.06 Od54R 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Holy Warriors
Holy Warriors A Modern History of the Crusades By Phillips, Jonathan Book - 2010 909.07 P5446H 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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.

Revolutionaries A New History of the Invention of America By Rakove, Jack N. Book - 2010 973.3 R1379R 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

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.

Parisians An Adventure History of Paris By Robb, Graham Book - 2010 944.361 R532P 2010 Available in some locations

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.

For All the Tea in China
For All the Tea in China How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History By Rose, Sarah Book - 2010 382.41372 R7208F 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 5 copies

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.

The Slaves' War
The Slaves' War The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves By Ward, Andrew Book - 2008 973.711 W2103S 2008 Available in some locations

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.

High Heat
High Heat The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time By Wendel, Tim Book - 2010 796.35722 W481H 2010 Available in some locations

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.

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