History: September 2007 Archives

Chicago history lessons

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The more children's books I look through, the more I'm convinced there is a lot for adults to learn by paging through them.

Today's book of the day is Chicago History For Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City (Chicago Review Press, 173 pages, $14.95) by Owen Hurd...

Chicago History For Kids

Civil War For Dummies

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Did you know that the Gettysburg Address was panned as "silly, flat and dish-watery" by the Chicago Times? How about the role of nuns on the battlefield? ("They were the only group of women experienced in both nursing and hospital management.") Or that the trousers-wearing feminist surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was rumored to be a spy?

You'll find out these Civil War tidbits and much more — such as the story of "Taps," the snowball battle of 1862 and all about Confederate postage stamps — in Strange But True Facts of the Civil War by Patrick M. Reynolds (Taylor Trade Publishing, 144 pages, $18.95).

Civil War

These illustrated stories are a great way to learn something about history without reading a textbook. (Meaning, for all you parents out there who maybe didn't pay attention in history class, this will be a nice way to learn a few things while paging through with your kids.)

Mmmm....mmm...bad

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If you've ever had food poisoning, you probably feel as if you've looked Death in the face and survived. Many of our ancestors weren't so lucky.

Morton Satin's Death in the Pot (Prometheus Books, 248 pages, $24) takes the reader back through time and chronicles the effects of bad food on society.

Satin, a molecular biologist and director of technical and regulatory affairs at the Salt Institute...

Death in the Pot

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