The Flip Side of History Strange News, Hard-to-Believe Headlines, and Other Curious Stories from History
The Flip Side of History Strange News, Hard-to-Believe Headlines and Other Curious Stories from History Authored by Steve Silverman 297 pages
This was quite a curious and interesting book to read. The biggest hook for me was that it was ALL true, no fiction, no embellishments. Each account described is a real event already documented in history in some way be it by newspaper, biography or autobiography, editorial, news broadcast, personal correspondence, something. Moreover, what is continually impressive is the shear mass of information accumulated for this book. It is clear that this wasn’t just a “sit down and churn a book out” kind of project. The amount of information mixed with all the different types of events and incidents shows to me that this was a writing project that took a lot of time, effort, organization and passion. I would guess that this author does in fact have a passion for history in general.
The events detailed in this book are mostly from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. Again, it is things like that that make me feel this was a long-term project. The author had to find, research, compile the data, organize it and then put it into the book you’re going to read in an entertaining, concise and coherent manner. These events cover all kinds of topics. There are stories involving things from true crime, cons and con-artists, hoaxes, heroes and survivors to the most noticeably newsworthy events and, of course, just the absolutely oddest happenings that really drive parts of the human mind to maximum curiosity.
This book is an easy read. It’s very well written, logically organized allowing the information to truly just flow from page to page and from the page to the mind of the reader. Fascinating circumstances with specific and precise details easily create the array of images I’m sure the author is projecting into the mind of the reader. The bulk of these accounts are not common or what one might call common knowledge, giving the whole reading experience a completely added allure and enthralling feel.
I love learning. I am constantly learning things, looking things up, asking questions and finding the answers. I would love to be able to afford to be a true professional student and honestly just take every college and course in under-graduate and post-graduate education that ever interested me. I would probably end up with seven or eight degrees if I could. Because I love to learn, I was immediately taken with this book. Any history buff, lover of new information, knowledge seekers and the like will absolutely love this book. I can even say that there was so much intriguing information in this one book that I know I will have no issue reading it a second time. I enjoyed it that much. Plus, I want to make sure I got all the information the author was offering. Take advantage of the knowledge others can give you. And this book is an excellent and entertaining way to start.