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Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones & Einstein's Brain : The Remarkable Stories Behind the Great Objects and Artifacts of History from Antiquity to The Modern Era Paperback – December 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Owlet (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805039651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805039658
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachlin examines 50 key objects and artifacts of human history, presented in chronological order and ranging from the Rosetta stone to Anne Frank's diary.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Rachlin (The Making of a Detective, LJ 11/1/95) has written a fascinating trivia book covering over 50 artifacts and objects in history. Each relatively short entry follows the same format-"Date," "What It Is," and "What It Looks Like." The prose is sprightly and often witty. Such topics as George Washington's False Teeth, the Shroud of Turin, and Napoleon's Penis are bound to pique readers' interest. The book is soundly researched; in the field of U.S. history, for example, only one minor chronological misplacement was found. Some selections will surely whet the appetite for additional reading. Books of this nature have been very popular in recent years, e.g., I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not (HarperCollins, 1992). This title should prove no exception.
Stephen G. Weisner, Springfield Technical Community Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Hathaway on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
the vast array of "trivia-type" information found in this collection would be an excellent prep for a game show contestant. everything from the book of kells to the code of hammurabi is explained in as little as three-to-five pages per item. a must have read for anyone interested in historical little known facts
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jiminair" on August 23, 2000
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I watch the History Channel too but somehow missed this. Working for an airline I do not have alot of time to spend on novels etc. But this is right up my gangway. Neat stuff to tuck away in my brain for a rainy day or maybe a gameshow! Glad I saw it here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kavanagh on July 26, 2001
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This is a good book for Triva buffs and History buffs that discribes where all sorts of interesting items have gone and where they are now. This is a book that will make a great one time read and referance book. It is also big and looks good on a book shelf!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "goldcoastreviews" on July 30, 2000
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I found out about this great gem of an educational trivia book by watching the History Channel. Impressively covering curiosities in brief, entertaining chapters--even a non-history buff can be amused.
Ever wonder what DID actually happen to Einsteins brain? Is it still floating in a jar of formaldehyde? Or is some genius walking around with it? Still wondering if the levitating sacred Silver Chalice IS the Holy Grail? What is the Red Magenta and why is it worth possibly over 2 million dollars?
A great coffee table book of useless fascinating information.
Thanks for your interest & comments--CDS
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "plattypus" on December 10, 2001
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Rachlin has compiled an amazing amount of information on a wide range of subjects into this collection. It is a great book for anyone who enjoys history, whether as a hobby or a scholarly pursuit. He keeps the entries short and concise and still manages to provide a thorough explanation on the artifacts. The book is also convienient in its structure, in that you can read a chapter, put it down and leave for months, and then come back and read about another historical treasure.
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