Saturday, November 24, 2012

BC2012: Mindblowers by Jim Rhine

Mindblowers promises to be "A Look Back at History That Will Change the Way You Look at the World Today". I'm not sure it's quite that mind-blowing, but I did learn a few things.

The book is a collection of one- or two-page historical vignettes grouped into thirteen sections. Oddly, the first seven parts are time periods in chronological order, while the last six are subjects such as word origins and sports. It was unclear whether this inconsistent organizational approach was intended to blow my mind.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading this one to my wife. It's always entertaining to review such debacles as the Crusades, the Donner Party, the Maginot Line, and the medical ineptitude that doomed President James Garfield.

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