Seattle Picks: Microhistory

The Dirt on Clean
The Dirt on Clean An Unsanitized History By Ashenburg, Katherine Book - 2007 391.64 As352D 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 3 copies
Brilliant
Brilliant The Evolution of Artificial Light By Brox, Jane Book - 2010 621.3209 B826B 2010 Available in some locations
Mauve
Mauve How One Man Invented A Color That Changed the World By Garfield, Simon Book - 2001 666.257 G18M 2001 Available in some locations
Drink
Drink A Cultural History of Alcohol By Gately, Iain Book - 2008 641.21 G222D 2008 Available in some locations
The Alchemy of Air
The Alchemy of Air A Jewish Genius, A Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler By Hager, Thomas Book - 2008 540.92244 H1134H 2008 Available in some locations
The Ghost Map
The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World By Johnson, Steven Book - 2006 614.514 J6375G 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 9 copies
Banana
Banana The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World By Koeppel, Dan Book - 2008 634.772 K8196B 2008 Available in some locations
Salt
Salt A World History By Kurlansky, Mark Book - 2003 553.63209 K9659S 2003 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 21 on 5 copies
The Box
The Box How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger By Levinson, Marc Book - 2006
OK
OK The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word By Metcalf, Allan A. Book - 2011 427.973 M5651o 2011 Available in some locations
Uncommon Grounds
Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World By Pendergrast, Mark Book - 2010 338.17373 P373U 2010 All copies in use Availability details
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: 5 on 5 copies
The Most Powerful Idea in the World
The Most Powerful Idea in the World A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention By Rosen, William Book - 2010 909.81 R7229M 2010 Available in some locations
Blood, Iron, & Gold
Blood, Iron, & Gold How the Railroads Transformed the World By Wolmar, Christian Book - 2010 385.09 W836B 2010 Available in some locations
Uranium
Uranium War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World By Zoellner, Tom Book - 2009 546.431 Z73U 2009 Available in some locations
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These books focus on different time periods, but they all share a passion for viewing history and its larger themes through the examination of a singular object, event or idea. This list highlights readable narrative nonfiction. Many of the books study a seemingly insignificant object or concept and trace its fascinating impact throughout history.


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