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Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war & plague, celebration & victory, supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond. Who were the first bakers? Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle ages? How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat? Why were people buried with bread? [click photo]

Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war & plague, celebration & victory, supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond. Who were the first bakers? Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle ages? How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat? Why were people buried with bread? [click photo]

"The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson. Engrossing account of the last great Cholera epidemic in London in 1854.  History, detection, and the dawn of epidemiology all make for a non-fiction book that reads like a novel.

"The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson. Engrossing account of the last great Cholera epidemic in London in 1854. History, detection, and the dawn of epidemiology all make for a non-fiction book that reads like a novel.

Bill Bryson - endlessly interesting author, vastly curious, hilarious, and a walking encyclopedia

Bill Bryson - endlessly interesting author, vastly curious, hilarious, and a walking encyclopedia

The Children's Blizzard, by David Laskin; HISTORY/ADVENTURE -- Joanne

The Children's Blizzard, by David Laskin; HISTORY/ADVENTURE -- Joanne

The Secret Life of Bees - Kindle edition by Sue Monk Kidd. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Secret Life of Bees - Kindle edition by Sue Monk Kidd. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

{Wonderful work of non-fiction detailing two adversarial technical divers who join forces to identify a sunken German U-boat.  A near perfect book.}

{Wonderful work of non-fiction detailing two adversarial technical divers who join forces to identify a sunken German U-boat. A near perfect book.}

The Map That Changed The World | Simon Winchester. the fascinating story of William Smith, the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world’s first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology.

The Map That Changed The World | Simon Winchester. the fascinating story of William Smith, the orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world’s first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology.

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