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- Description<i>The Book of Firsts </i>is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major invations 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 astromical telescope? The first great vel? The first Impressionist painting? <i>The Book of Firsts </i>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, <i>The Book of Firsts</i> is ideal for anyone interested in an enjoyable way to acquire a deeper understanding of history and the fascinating personalities who forged it.
- Author BiographyPeter D Epiro received a BA and MA from Queens College and a PhD in English from Yale University. He has taught English at the secondary and college levels and worked as an editor and writer for thirty years. He has also written (with Mary Desmond Pinkowish) <i>Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World </i>and <i>What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? and 100 Other Great Cultural Lists Fully Explicated, </i>which has appeared in British, German, Russian, Lithuanian, and Korean editions. He has recently completed an English verse translation of Dante s <i>Inferno, </i>and his other publications include a book and several articles on Ezra Pound s <i>Cantos </i>and a book of translations of African-American poetry into Italian. He has a grown son, Dante, and lives with his wife, Nancy Walsh, in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
- Author(s)Peter D'Epiro
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Weight467 g
- Width141 mm
- Height202 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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