Sunday, April 6, 2014

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - Review

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to CamusHistorical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 7th 2014 by Zest Books

This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them?
Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).


I have to admit that when I first saw the title of this book I thought it would be more about romances in history. Probably because of the word crushes.
But it turns out they mean crushes we'd have.

On that note, I have no problem admitting that I've had a crush on Cleopatra.
Well how can you not when museum exhibits featuring her are advertised like this:
"She ruled the men who ruled the world."
And I know we can go on about how over the centuries she's been turned into something else, but this isn't about her.

It's about this book featuring 50 of the sexiest men and women from history. I don't want to get into the people mentioned in this book because, honestly, I wouldn't even know what to say. Other than yeah, some of them were pretty hot.

It's what they did to leave a lasting impression that makes them hot, and this book does a perfect job telling not only why these people are known after all this time but about their entire life; including romances.

This isn't your ordinary everyday history book, if you hadn't noticed, it will draw you into the story of a person's life.
It's not a traditional: this was so and so's early years, and this led them to become what they are to us today and this here's a bit of their personal life. It mentions all that but it's made so entertaining you'll forget that it is a history book.

I love history so there was no question when it came to reading this book. I found a few people that I might never had heard of, or maybe had just known their name. It has people I do know but didn't know their story. And it has people that I did know but got to see in a new light.

It made history playful and a lot of fun. If any of my history classes in high school had been like this I might have remembered more. (Minus that one year where the teacher looked like a cross between Shane West and Tobey Maguire).
Great read for anyone with a passing interest in history.

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