History's Great Untold Stories: Larger Than Life Characters & Dramatic Events that Changed the World

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National Geographic Books, 2006 - 367 pages
This eye-catching volume combines vivid first-hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary. Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our present day.

Readers encounter William the Silent, a Dutch monarch whose assassination may have triggered the 1588 launch of the Spanish Armada and led Queen Elizabeth I to create the first known attempt at gun control. Another chapter introduces Rabban Sauma, a thirteenth-century Christian monk sent by Kublai Khan to seek a Christian-Mongol alliance against Muslims. There is also the remarkable story of twelve anti-slavery activists who fought the prevailing business and political establishment of their day to outlaw slavery in England, using tactics that have become tools of the trade for every grassroots movement that has followed.

Filled with fascinating sidebars, narratives, maps, illustrations, and concise biographies, this new volume gathers up the rich details that Western history left on the cutting room floor and turns them into stories that shed light on both vanquished and victor over the ages. With its fresh, design and accessible format, History's Great Untold Stories will be welcomed by the legions of readers who are eager to uncover "history's mysteries" and explore lesser known, non-Western views of world events.
 

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An interesting, well-written book that broadly delivers on its title. Sure, I'd heard all about the Armenian Genocide, the Cadaver Synod, Tasmania's Black War, the Taiping Rebellion and others, there ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
8
The Most Controversial Trial in History
10
The Leper King of Jerusalem
20
Genghis Khans Greatest Strategist
32
The Marco Polo of the East
46
The Treasure Fleet
58
The Shot That Echoed Through the Centuries
71
The Shimabara Uprising and the Disappearance of Japan
84
John Wesley Powell and the Shaping of the American West
206
How the World Was Changed by Bird Droppings
220
The Fighting Women of Dahomey
230
The Story of John Devoy
242
Queen Min and the Battle to Save Korea
256
The First Modern Genocide
270
The San Francisco Plague
282
Blessed Assassin of the Armenian Nation
296

Father of American Civil Liberties
94
The Battle of Poltava and the Fall of the Swedish Empire
106
10 Vitus Bering and the Russian Discovery of Alaska
118
Francisco Dagohoy and the Rebels of Bohol
132
The British Abolition Movement
140
North Americas Greatest Geographer
152
The Great Conciliator of Van Diemens Land
164
American President of Nicaragua
180
The SecondWorst Conflict in History
194
Explorers of the Deep
308
The Search for the Origins of the Aryan Race
322
A Lesson Not Learned
334
The Death of the Mexican Counterculture
346
Bibliography
358
Acknowledgments
360
Index
361
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Joseph Cummins is the author of Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told. His book Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections will be published in Spring 2007.

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