An Uncommon History of Common Things

by Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson, Henry Petroski

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  • 9781426204203
  • 9781426212277
Pop culture fans and trivia lovers will delight in National Geographic’s highly browsable, freewheeling compendium of customs, notions and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history. Dip into any page and discover extraordinary hidden details in the everyday that will inform, amuse, astonish, and surprise. From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, this book features hundreds of colorful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just about every subject under the sun. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters, and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the Dark Ages? Or that ancient soldiers baked a kind of pizza on their shields— when they weren’t busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

  • National Geographic Society; September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781426212277
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: An Uncommon History of Common Things
  • Author: Bethanne Patrick; John Thompson; Henry Petroski (other)
  • Imprint: National Geographic
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781426204203
  • 9781426212277

About The Author

Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, People magazine, and other publications.

John Thompson is the author and co-author of more than a dozen books including Dakotas, America’s Historic Trails, and National Geographic Almanac of American History.