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Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus

by Kelly Murphy, Hallie Fryd

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This book was in-depth and a great gift for those with a passion for celebrities in eras that could act. This book consists of beautiful stills and movie shots that I have not scene together in one volume before. Again a great gift for those who are passionate on the subject. ( )
  pagemasterZee | Jul 8, 2015 |
Fun collective biography with an interesting gallery of subjects given the theme. Fidel Castro a heartthrob? Good for browsing and may spark enough curiosity to dig further in the lives of these figures. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
An absolutely delightful take on history! I adored this book from the first page to the last. It provides a brief recounting of the lives of 50 of the most unique people ever to grace this planet. I'm not sure about the hotness factor of quite a few of them, but I loved that it included people known for their intellect and monogamy and not just historical hussies :) Well researched, well laid out, and charmingly informative. Introduced me to a few characters I had not met previously! Well Done! ( )
  karen.lea | May 6, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book, it was a fun, quick read. I like that the author did extensive research and found the historical passages adequate. I found out information that was new to me, along with what everybody knows. I would look foreward to more books by this author. ( )
  lg4154 | Apr 28, 2014 |
I like the concept, and it was interesting, but it left me wanting more. The snippets of each of the historical characters were just a bit short for me. Also, the title is a bit misleading. "Heartthrob" was a stretch for most, and most of the fun facts had nothing to do with the status. That said, it is a great read for people interested in expanding their historical knowledge. It can also be an good read to introduce history, with a twist, to teenagers.

*I received this free in exchange for an honest review* ( )
  Amy_J | Apr 23, 2014 |
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"From Benjamin Franklin to Benazir Bhutto, Murphy introduces 50 historical crushes in chronological order. . . . While the short biographical sketches are informative and interesting, the titillating nature of the sex-life column should have teens tittering. The further reading section includes many similar books that could spark interest in historical scandals. Not a book to be read from beginning to end, but surely a tantalizing start for a beginning researcher."
added by zestbooks | editBooklist, J. B. Petty (Dec 15, 2013)
 
"The good thing about falling for a dead person is that they never leave you, as Murphy and Fryd demonstrate in this broad-ranging, tongue-in-cheek guide to the hotties of history. The diverse individuals profiled stand out for their commitment to social causes, artistic and political influence, and sheer audacity. Included are Frida Kahlo (“Even her eyebrows became icons”), Lord Byron (“Style of seduction: Breakin’ hearts”), Harry Houdini, Frederick Douglass, and even a few living people, such as Jane Goodall and Gloria Steinem. . . . With engrossing photos, lively quotations, and witty writing, it’s “the complete package”—just like Nellie Bly."
added by zestbooks | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 18, 2013)
 

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If you were anything like I was in school, history class probably functioned as a time to refine your deeply considered sketch of a monkey dangling from a palm tree in outer space, or perhaps for wondering whether you remembered both your mouth guard and your cleats.
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Hemingway was a writer. He was a man. He sailed boats, and when someone hit him, he hit back, hard. He hated adjectives and cuddling. He was a hunter, a fisherman, and an American. He was Ernest Hemingway.
Was he gorgeous? Yes. Was he a good time? Sometimes...sure. But was he an absolutely terrifying sociopath? Abso-effing-lutely. With never a hair out of place, [Bugsy] Siegel was the epitome of the illicit impresario. He had no qualms about charming your pants off, then putting a hit out on your entire family. Admire him from afar, if you like, but he is not the type you want to bring home for dinner.
Coco Chanel never married--I mean, when would she have the time? That's not to say she was too busy to have a love life, though. Without the means to earn a high enough income on her own, the style icon reeled in a series of financiers through love affairs, and then--voila!--she was able to start her own business. Coincidence? History says not so much.
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From the poetic tenderness of Lord Byron to the alluring confidence of Bessie Coleman, Historical Heartthrobs: 
50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus, by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd features 50 heartthrobs from the ages most likely to catch our eye and asks the question: Would you really want to date them?
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"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?"--dust jacket.

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