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Ideas and Adventures, 1200 to 1700 [Hardcover]

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Sonia (Sunny) Seherr-Thoss covers five centuries of world history in a retrospective manner that reads like a conversation with someone who has camped out in the thirteenth century, transported gold by camel caravan, and returned to relate her adventures. The book takes a multi-disciplinary and multicultural approach to world history, in language which encourages cover-to-cover reading.

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Pages   412
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Synergy Books
ISBN  1933538732  
ISBN13  9781933538730  

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Very Well Done!  Jan 1, 2008
In this outstanding book we travel through history, five centuries, in a definitely unique way. Trust me, this is not a boring history read. Inside the pages of this work our author takes us into the very heart of the places and people she is writing about. Her words are written in a way that every person can understand, enjoy, and definitely learn from. The author breaks down the work into time-frames, countries, and brings the human touch into play. That is where she captures your heart and keeps you reading. Included are some beautiful pictures that really bring to life what she is trying to bring across.
Definitely in this work you will see how the past played such an important part in our cultures today.Here is one for you. Did you know that the American Indian gave us the invention of the snowshoe and canoe? I was really surprised at some of the facts I learned. What you read will delight and definitely educate you. Very nice work, very well done.
This book brings a more balanced evaluation of the contributions made by various lands and people to human culture  Dec 20, 2007
Ideas and Adventures 1200-1700 authored by the late five-time author Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss is quite impressive as it charts five centuries of important history that include the historic and cultural contributions of less well-known nations. Many history books omit to include insights on important past civilizations, and this is what makes this book extraordinary that will no doubt appeal to the everyday reader who can now more fully appreciate these contributions to history.

Seherr-Thoss was a passionate world traveler exploring ancient ruins and cultures becoming a self-taught history expert and today many of her writings and photographs can be found in the Smithsonian Institute.

She began her worldwide travels in 1966 when she and her husband trekked 10,000 miles through several Middle East countries. Along the way she photographed hundreds of sites as well as speaking to locals who helped her accumulate a great deal of data included in the book. Seherr-Thoss died in June 2006 at the age of 87.

The book is divided into eight sections including an introduction, conclusion and endnotes. Readers have a brief glimpse into the contributions made by such countries as the Ideas and Adventures, 1200 to 1700 In addition each section briefly discusses pertinent happenings and cultures as the Crusades, the Mongols, the Ottomans, various religions, the Reformation, and the British Colonists. Many of these sections succinctly delve into the contributions made by areas of the world that are often snubbed.

The book also includes over sixty beautiful and unique photographs in full-color from Seherr-Thoss's private collection. A sampling of these photographs included are an Aztec workman as represented in his everyday clothes, showing respect for his labor, Chartres that is a proud symbol of French Gothic art, one of twelve churches excavated out of the tufa by King Labilela in the late twelfth century in Labilea, Ethiopia, Alhambra located in Granada, Spain, first royal residence of the Spanish monarchs, and Roayan-ji (1499) which has been described as the unsurpassed creation of abstract design located in Kyoto, Japan, and the Palace of Emperor Galawdewos (sixteenth century) in Gondar, Ethiopia.

The detailed research and breadth of information are remarkable and what is more is that it is presented in a way that is devoid of academic prose thus making it user friendly to the reader.

The book, however, has some shortcomings, as I would have liked to have seen included a more comprehensive Table of Contents, as well as a short bibliography and index. Nevertheless, this will not prevent readers from receiving a brief taste of five centuries of important history that as the introduction states: "will bring a more balanced evaluation of the contributions made by various lands and people to human culture."

Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor Bookpleasures

An Exploration of our Multicultural Heritage  Oct 24, 2007
With her new book, Ideas and Adventures 1200 to 1700, covering five centuries of world history, Sonia (Sunny) Seherr-Thoss adds time traveler to her already extensively published world travel reportage. It is a fascinating narrative of world history that is accessible to the general reader. This book reads like a conversation with someone who has camped out in the thirteenth century, transported gold by camel caravan, and returned to relate her adventures. She leaves to others the chronicling of rulers and reigns, the carnage of battles, and the cataloging of maps and dates. Her vision of history is a retrospective on civilization, and an exploration of our multicultural heritage. It fulfills the reader's expectations with a gentler, more accessible vision of history. Another distinguishing feature is the author's inclusion of regions that are not typical Western Civ fare. The book takes a modern, multi-disciplinary approach to world history, in language that encourages cover-to-cover reading. The same curiosity that draws travelers to the ruins of lost civilizations, to five hundred year old sculptures, and to the legends of history's cultural icons will attract readers to Ideas and Adventures, 1200 to 1700. It is a popular, entertaining, and informative world history, and it is "a good read."

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