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The Book of Firsts by Peter D'Epiro Book Summary:
The Book of Firsts is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major innovations of the past twenty centuries and how they shaped our world. Peter D’Epiro makes this handy overview of human history both fun and thought-provoking with his survey of the major “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and military upheavals, artistic and scientific breakthroughs, religious controversies, and catastrophic events—of the last two thousand years. Who was the first to use gunpowder? Invent paper? Sack the city of Rome? Write a sonnet? What was the first university? The first astronomical telescope? The first great novel? The first Impressionist painting? The Book of Firsts explores these questions and many more, from the earliest surviving cookbook (featuring parboiled flamingo) and the origin of chess (sixth-century India) to the first civil service exam (China in 606 AD) and the first tell-all memoir about scandalous royals (Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora). In the form of 150 brief, witty, erudite, and information-packed essays, The Book of Firsts is ideal for anyone interested in an enjoyable way to acquire a deeper understanding of history and the fascinating personalities who forged it. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Firsts by Wilson Casey Book Summary:
For anyone who ever wanted to know the history of the chocolate chip cookie, earmuffs, and Daylight Savings! Firsts, history through the milestones of human achievement, are fun. And Wilson Casey, trivia expert, has collected over 500 firsts in nearly every major category of culture: from fashion to food, politics to science, entertainment to art to architecture. Each 'first' is a full explanation of the topic at hand, written in a humorous yet authoritative style. It includes: ?The true history of the golf tee ?How a blind man came up with cruise control ?The myth behind the origins of the Caesar salad ?Why and how the first dieter dieted
Fateful Firsts by Amanda Waley Book Summary:
Fateful Firsts is a collection of poetry with subjects ranging from life, love, relationships, pets, animals, and places.Some of the poems included were written in the later 1990s, but I didn't begin writing poems on a regular basis until 2006.It is my honor and privilege to present to you...Fateful Firsts!
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty Book Summary:
The first book in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life? A fresh, funny, utterly compelling novel, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment. From the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart, this poignant, hilarious novel is sure to appeal to readers who are still going through it, as well as those who are grateful that they don’t have to go back and grow up all over again. “A hilarious trip down memory lane. You’ll laugh out loud–and cringe–as this first novel by McCafferty takes you back to the soap opera that was high school.”—Glamour
Complete Book of Historic Presidential Firsts by Michael Duvalle Book Summary:
This book can serve as an important reference guide to political reporters, historians, students, elected and non-elected officials, political campaigners, game shows and trivia buffs while at the same time offer a historical profile of presidential first with fascinating tidbits and major events during the presidency of each president (first to forty-third) is in chronological order. The only vice president to serve two-full terms as President.[Jefferson] First sitting congressman to be elected president.[Garfield] First sitting senator to be elected president. [Harding] First president to die in office.[Harrison] First/only bachelor president.[Buchanan] First president to have blacks in the White House.[Lincoln] First to have telephone installed the White House.[Hayes] First/only president to be married in the White House.[Cleveland] First to install electricity in the White House.[Ben Harrison] First to create a war room in the White House, with maps.[ McKinley] First president to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.[Teddy Roosevelt] First president to introduce income tax.[Wilson] First/only president to be born on the Fourth of July.[Coolidge] The first/only president to be elected four times.[F. D. Roosevelt] The last president that was not a college graduate.[Truman] First president to travel in a nuclear-powered submarine.[Eisenhower] First/only Roman Catholic president.[Kennedy] The first president to visit all fifty states.[Nixon] The longest living president.[Ford] (93 years and 165 days) The first president that was born in a hospital.[Carter] Who was the oldest president when inaugurated. [Reagan] First son of a president to be reelected.[G.W. Bush] The first and only African American president. [Obama]
Freedom Facts and Firsts by Jessie Carney Smith,Linda T Wynn Book Summary:
Spanning nearly 400 years from the early abolitionists to the present, this guide book profiles more than 400 people, places, and events that have shaped the history of the black struggle for freedom. Coverage includes information on such mainstay figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, but also delves into how lesser known figures contributed to and shaped the history of civil rights. Learn how the Housewives' League of Detroit started a nationwide movement to support black businesses, helping many to survive the depression; or discover what effect sports journalist Samuel Harold Lacy had on Jackie Robinson's historic entrance into the major leagues. This comprehensive resource chronicles the breadth and passion of an entire people's quest for freedom.
Golf's All-Time Firsts, Mosts, Leasts, and a Few Nevers by Al Barkow Book Summary:
Hereis the ultimate golf reference book, meant to feed golfers’ insatiable hunger for the statistics and trivia of their game. This book answers such burning questions as who broke the most clubs during a single temper tantrum (Lefty Stackhouse, 14) and the rationale behind 18 holes (it was completely arbitrary). From the sublime to the ridiculous, these fun facts will thoroughly entertain from tee to green.
Firsts and Almost Firsts in Hawai'i by Ronn Ronck Book Summary:
Firsts and Almost Firsts in Hawai'i, like the subject it celebrates, is itself a first - the first book-length look at how and when a wide range of items made their first appearance in the Islands: from credit cards, mongooses, cockroaches, dumb waiters, slot machines, and drive-ins to aloha shirts, computers, roller skates, parking meters, and shipwrecks. The most important and the most trivial are found in its pages - everyday household objects as well as major innovations in medicine, the arts, and government. Many entries will prove surprising to all but the most knowledgeable readers. To satisfy the curious and the skeptical, endnotes and a bibliography listing more than 200 publications are provided, making this work a valuable reference for scholars as well as an entertaining handbook for trivia buffs. The entries, organized by category, are complemented by numerous photographs and drawings, some never before published.
Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Cricket by Paul Donnelley Book Summary:
200 brilliant and bizarre curiosities highlighting the First, Last and Onlys that have occurred during the illustrious history of this sport - from the determined cricketers fined for playing on the Sabbath to the only virtuoso to score a century and take all ten wickets in a single innings. This absorbing collection of stories is guaranteed to enthral and includes some of the greatest gentleman to have graced the field of play, such as: The first player to bat on all 5 days of a test match. The last incidence of under-armed bowling in an international match. The only father and son to score centuries in the same First Class innings.Delight in a myriad of facts that you never knew about this glorious game.
Book of Firsts by N.A Book Summary:
‘It’s not winning silver; it’s losing gold’, says a famous Nike ad, hammering home the painful truth that posterity has little compassion for those who finish second. They are, more often than not, expunged from history, years – perhaps even decades – of grinding toil and desperate hope cast into the dustbin of history. Who really gives much thought these days to English aviator Percy Pilcher, who almost won the Palm for the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight several years before the Wright brothers, but crashed in a glider and died of his injuries? Who talks much these days about the American astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, the second man to go into space after Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin stunned the world with his daring flight into the unknown in 1961?
Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Golf by Paul Donnelley Book Summary:
From Rabbit Wars waged on St. Andrew's famous Old Course to the rebellion that interrupted a Royal round, this tome is packed with facts that will tantalised and enthral. Delve into this extraordinary showcase of Firsts, Lasts and Onlys from the world of golf, and discover a myriad of incredible stories, including: The first golfer to win both the US Open and US Amateur Championship in the same year. The last ill-fated player to have been struck by lightening on Tour. The only instance of a tournament being halted by locusts.With 200 witty anecdotes portraying the undisputed and unexpected legends of the sport, you are sure to lose yourself in the most enthralling golf miscellany since records began!
Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Football by Paul Donnelley Book Summary:
Mister Donnelley's compendium of tantalising tales brings you a multitude of intriguing and amusing stories - from the midfielder murdered by a secret police force to a crazed chairman trying to raze to the ground his club's main stand. Marvel at this fascinating exhibition of Firsts, Lasts and Onlys from the illustrious history of this extraordinary game, and encounter remarkable characters, such as: The first footballer to score for both sides in an FA Cup Final. The only Cabinet Minister to play football for his country. The hapless physio knocked out by his own 'magic sponge'.Delve into the pages of this captivating tome and discover the most amazing football miscellany since records began!