Blurb from Goodreads:
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).
Title: Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus
Author: Kelly Murphy
Publisher: Zest Books
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
The Cover Contessa's Review:
I want to thank Zest Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
So, I'm not usually one for non-fiction books. I often don't like to read them. But, when they explore great historical figures in a unique way, my attention gets piqued!
I love how each figure addressed in the book is given a short bio, to introduce you just in case you have no idea who they are (which for the most part would be incomprehensible to me, since these figures are huge in history!). Following the bio, your given information regarding their sex life and why they matter in history. Finally, the book addresses the character's best feature. It was fun to read these facts and learn more and more about these historical figures! And reading the quotes at the end of each chapter gave some great insight into how others pictured these people.
I think my favorites were Nikola Tesla, Harry Houdini and Isadora Duncan! Although each figure really was so interesting to learn about! I love anything about Tesla. I just find his work so extremely intriguing. And he's a scientist, which I happen to find very sexy myself! While I knew much of the information presented, there were facts I didn't know and it made me love him even more. As for Houdini, well, I have always found him fascinating. I love illusions and anything to do with "magic." Reading about him just made me realize what an interesting public figure he really was. Finally, Isadora Duncan, well, I was a dancer growing up, and Duncan was one of my idols. So just seeing her name in the book made me giddy because I had done so much research on her in the past. To see her in this new and different light, presented as a heartthrob at that, made me appreciate her even more!
Of course, I really enjoyed reading about all the figures in the book. I love the layout. Each character is give just a few short pages to identify their contribution to heartthrob history, leaving little time to become bogged down in too much information. And it also allowed me to put the book down and easily pick it back up. Plus, I was able to read through the table of contents easily and identify which figures I wanted to learn about first, flawlessly skipping around in the book without feeling like I had missed anything. And it was nice to see the author chose a very diverse group of people
Finally, I just love the cover of this book. Even if you remove the dust jacket, you still get to see the lovely cover! I believe teens and adults alike will enjoy these easy read that covers a variety of historical figures with great information and a terrific layout!Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. Kelly graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and currently works in publishing.
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