Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes — From Cleopatra to Camus

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Zest Books ™, Aug 1, 2019 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 224 pages

This book compiles photos and life stories of fifty of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a "crushability" ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).


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User Review  - pagemasterZee - LibraryThing

This book was in-depth and a great gift for those with a passion for celebrities in eras that could act. This book consists of beautiful stills and movie shots that I have not scene together in one volume before. Again a great gift for those who are passionate on the subject. Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Fun collective biography with an interesting gallery of subjects given the theme. Fidel Castro a heartthrob? Good for browsing and may spark enough curiosity to dig further in the lives of these figures. Read full review


John Wilkes Booth 18381865
Marie Antoinette 17551793
George Sand 18041876
Frederick Douglass 18181895
Nikola Tesla 18561943
Teddy Roosevelt 18581919
Annie Oakley 18601926
Bessie Coleman 18921926
Dorothy Parker 18931967
Amelia Earhart 18971937
Ernest Hemingway 18991961
Leni Riefenstahl 19022003
Salvador Dalí 19041989
Josephine Baker 19061975
Frida Kahlo 19071954

Nellie Bly 18641922
W E B DuBois 18681963
Czarina Alexandra 18721918
Harry Houdini 18741926
Mata Hari 18761917
Isadora Duncan 18771927
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 1881
Pablo Picasso 18811973
T E Lawrence 18881935
Jim Thorpe 18871953
Duke Kahanamoku 18901968
Carmen Miranda 19091955
Albert Camus 19131960
Eddie Chapman 19141997
Maya Deren 19171961
Eva Perón 19191952
Fidel Castro 1926
Cesar Chávez 19271993 43 Che Guevara 19281967
Gloria Steinem 1934
Jane Goodall 1934

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Hallie Fryd is a writer living in Oakland, California. She studied history at Carnegie Mellon University and writes frequently about history and pop culture. She grew up in a Quaker suburb of Philadelphia, but dislikes weather—which brought her to the temperate climate of the San Francisco Bay Area. When not writing, or trying to recount historical episodes with wild gesticulations, she works as a social media manager for the brain training company, Lumosity. Hallie is the author of Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Foreword Reviews Gold Medal Book of the Year Winner in 2012.

Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE's The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. Kelly graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and currently works in publishing. She wrote Historical Heartthrobs with Hallie Fryd.

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