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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, 1996

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Owlet (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805039651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805039658
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,787,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Although this once-over lightly compendium of artifacts whets the reader’s appetite for more information about all of them, in many cases, the author hasn’t even mentioned the most interesting thing about the artifact he’s describing. (As with the remains of Lucy, who was found with flowers in her grave).

In other cases, the author goes to some length to tell us about an artifact that may have limited interest beyond a very specific audience. (The “Breast-Pocket Items that Saved Theodore Roosevelt’s Life,” for example.) And finally, a number of these artifacts have been exhaustively covered in other volumes—the contents of King Tut’s tomb, for example.

Because of the brevity of the chapters, the author often assumes his reading audience has some familiarity with his subject, which is a mistake in a book as broad-based as this. this is an amusing book you can pick up and put down at intervals and read in the bathroom like a back-ussie of READER’S DIGEST. But it will leave you hungry for more information.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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