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 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.