A history of the world through its objects and artifacts covers a wide array from the Black Stone of the Ka'bah to the rifle that was used to kill JFK, in a lavishly photographed tour for history and trivia buffs.
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In Rachlin's reliquary repose 50-plus objects, made famous through mysterious origins, like the Black Stone of the Kacbah in Mecca, or through being at the right place at the right time, like the Lee-Grant surrender tables. The bulk of the items have Judeo-Christian or American associations, which endows a devotional aura closely followed by an acquisitive one: the question of where the relic came from and who owned it--its provenance--is the engine of all Rachlin's stories. And as window-shopping history, they are breezily distracting, though no substitute for going into a bookstore (or library) and getting a fuller history, which Rachlin implicitly and fairly acknowledges by providing a bibliography related to each artifact. But first, any casual interest in the Shroud of Turin, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Declaration of Independence, or (gulp) Napoleon's member of reproduction needs to be excited, so to speak, and that goal Rachlin achieves in his summaries, with heads stating "What It Is," "What It Looks Like," and "Location." Obviously history-lite, but harmless fun Gilbert TaylorFrom Library Journal:
Rachlin (The Making of a Detective, LJ 11/1/95) has written a fascinating trivia book covering over 50 artifacts and objects in history. Each relatively short entry follows the same format-"Date," "What It Is," and "What It Looks Like." The prose is sprightly and often witty. Such topics as George Washington's False Teeth, the Shroud of Turin, and Napoleon's Penis are bound to pique readers' interest. The book is soundly researched; in the field of U.S. history, for example, only one minor chronological misplacement was found. Some selections will surely whet the appetite for additional reading. Books of this nature have been very popular in recent years, e.g., I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not (HarperCollins, 1992). This title should prove no exception.
Stephen G. Weisner, Springfield Technical Community Coll., Mass.
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