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- File Size: 2893 KB
- Print Length: 112 pages
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- Publisher: Zachary Hill (6 July 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DTAGTLM
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Fearless: Powerful Women of History (Minimum Wage Historian Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Fearless: Powerful Women of History is a little like the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, as many of the historical figures actually make appearances in the book, and are interviewed by the author, and his panel of hilarious historical figures. This is history made fun, and reading it is a joy. I think reading this aloud would be hilarious and fun for a family, especially if Mom, Dad, and the kids (aged 11+) took on the roles of the panelists. Some essays are a little gruesome, so read them in advance, but overall it's fine for most people. The only distraction I had while reading were the frequent typos, but I did read an advanced reader copy, and learned that the next version will be cleaned up.
The author, Zachary Hill, a man with a history degree who is obsessed with researching history, describes in an unscholarly way a few of the famous people we probably already know something about: Joan of Arc, and Jane Austen, but the rest are more marginal figures that have not gotten the attention they deserve. Hua Mulan (Disney made a movie about her) is described in as much detail as we know, and the truth of her life is incredible.
There are also essays about: Empress Theodora of Constantinople; the Byzantine Princess and historian Anna Komnene; Queen Tamar of Georgia the Conqueror; the warrior woman Rani Lakshmibai of India; Queen Matilda of England; Roman Empress Galla Placidia; the female "samurai" Tomoe Gozen of Japan (and there's a separate essay about other Japanese female warriors); St. Olga of Kiev (a brutal woman and her essay is probably PG-13); Caterina Sforza (who kicked butts so far they woke up in the next time zone); St. Teresa of Avila, and more.
Author Zachary Hill's history blog, MinimumWageHistorian.com has a ton of great information as well. Go there to browse the many topics he's covered over the years.
Making history fun and engaging can be hard to do, but Fearless: Powerful Women of History succeeds in bringing to light some amazing women who must not be forgotten.
Fearless: Powerful Women of History
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