Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into History Again
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into History Again Author:Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society Once again, Uncle John goes back in time to bring fans more compelling, confounding, and fascinating peeks into the world's past. As always, the slant is on revealing what isn't taught in history class. Here are scintillating sagas of rogues and rascals, diplomacy and disaster, popes and peasants, nices and vices, defeats and victories, royalty ... more »and rabble, feuds and famine, battles and breakthroughs, crime and punishment, secrets and scandals, cultural milestones and historical millstones. Sample topics include Dictators and Their Offspring; Lord Minimus (the world's smallest man and his big successes); Horses in History; How Salt Shaped the Fortunes of Nations; Shoes Through the Ages; Who Were the Knights Templar?; John Dee: Court Astrologer to Elizabeth I; Great Gigs Through History (town crier, food taster, minstrel); and much more. The folks at the Bathroom Readers' Hysterical Society again lay bare the legends and bring forward the facts in a witty, entertaining way that makes this book perfect reading during "business hours."« less
Fascinating look into many historical topics, all done with ease and humor. You'll learn a lot, and you're bound to have fun doing it! The articles vary in length and subject, so you can pick and choose what you want. Another wonderful volume in a spectacular series!
While I enjoy the Bathroom Reader series, this particular edition is not among my favorites. It lacks the variety of information and humor contained in the other volumes from Uncle John. This book focuses exclusively on trivia with historical content. I can only give it 3 stars because it is not as entertaining as a typical Bathroom Reader. I buy Bathroom Readers because they contain a collection of short entertaining factoids that peak my interest or make me laugh. This book reads more like a reference book. Unfortunately, it cannot be used as a reference because it lacks an index and bibliography.