The Book of Firsts by Peter D'Epiro
150 World-Changing People and Events, from Caesar Augustus to the Internet

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  The Book of Firsts is an entertaining, enlightening, and highly browsable tour of the major innovations of the past twenty centuries and how they shaped our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this handy overview of human history both fun and thought-provoking with his survey of the major “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and military upheavals, artistic and scientific breakthroughs, religious controversies, and catastrophic events—of the last two thousand years. Who was the first to use gunpowder? Invent paper? Sack the city of Rome? Write a sonnet? What was the first university? The first astronomical telescope? The first great novel? The first Impressionist painting? The Book of Firsts explores these questions and many more, from the earliest surviving cookbook (featuring parboiled flamingo) and the origin of chess (sixth-century India) to the first civil service exam (China in 606 AD) and the first tell-all memoir about scandalous royals (Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora). In the form of 150 brief, witty, erudite, and information-packed essays, The Book of Firsts is ideal for anyone interested in an enjoyable way to acquire a deeper understanding of history and the fascinating personalities who forged it. 

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About Peter D'Epiro

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Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish are the authors of What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists-Fully Explicated. D'Epiro lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Pinkowish lives in Larchmont, New York.
Published February 24, 2010 by Anchor. 641 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The book is broken down into centuries with each getting seven or eight entries, and it covers a wide range of subjects that comprise the human experience: arts, religion, science, philosophy, war, politics, inventions, and discoveries.

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