Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - From Cleopatra to Camus

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - From Cleopatra to Camus

by Hallie Fryd, Kelly Murphy

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Overview

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541581852
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 905,707
File size: 28 MB
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Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - From Cleopatra to Camus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Zest Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 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). So, I'm not usually one for non-fiction books. I often don't like to read them. But, when they explore great historical figures in a unique way, my attention gets piqued! I love how each figure addressed in the book is given a short bio, to introduce you just in case you have no idea who they are (which for the most part would be incomprehensible to me, since these figures are huge in history!). Following the bio, your given information regarding their sex life and why they matter in history. Finally, the book addresses the character's best feature. It was fun to read these facts and learn more and more about these historical figures! And reading the quotes at the end of each chapter gave some great insight into how others pictured these people. I think my favorites were Nikola Tesla, Harry Houdini and Isadora Duncan! Although each figure really was so interesting to learn about! I love anything about Tesla. I just find his work so extremely intriguing. And he's a scientist, which I happen to find very sexy myself! While I knew much of the information presented, there were facts I didn't know and it made me love him even more. As for Houdini, well, I have always found him fascinating. I love illusions and anything to do with "magic." Reading about him just made me realize what an interesting public figure he really was. Finally, Isadora Duncan, well, I was a dancer growing up, and Duncan was one of my idols. So just seeing her name in the book made me giddy because I had done so much research on her in the past. To see her in this new and different light, presented as a heartthrob at that, made me appreciate her even more! Of course, I really enjoyed reading about all the figures in the book. I love the layout. Each character is give just a few short pages to identify their contribution to heartthrob history, leaving little time to become bogged down in too much information. And it also allowed me to put the book down and easily pick it back up. Plus, I was able to read through the table of contents easily and identify which figures I wanted to learn about first, flawlessly skipping around in the book without feeling like I had missed anything. And it was nice to see the author chose a very diverse group of people Finally, I just love the cover of this book. Even if you remove the dust jacket, you still get to see the lovely cover! I believe teens and adults alike will enjoy these easy read that covers a variety of historical figures with great information and a terrific layout!
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
I was really thrilled when I was accepted to review this book, and to be able to post on Valentine’s Day was icing on the cake. 50 historical figures, in one book, and all about what makes them a heartthrob. How cool is that? The book itself is light reading, but full of facts. I was expecting just a small book, but was quite surprised in a good way, to find that the book was thick and isn’t just a blip of the person with a photo. It’s well put together and eye catching. The type of book you can share with the family. Yeah, there’s a small blip about each characters sex life, but even that’s pretty tame. Now, historically, there are many in the book that I really wouldn’t consider heartthrobs. The author even gives each person a Heat Factor. If the person's HF is “Colder than an assassin’s blade,” than I would think that there’s really no heartthrob factor there either. The book starts off on a banger though with Cleopatra. She was definitely a doozie in her time, heck, in our time she would have been arrested on more than one occasion and that was just from some of her marriages. The book starts in early years but progresses into the modern age. Very few of those in the book are actually still alive. I guess the majority of historical people are dead, but I have to say that they are many who have made history that are still alive. I do realize that a book can only focus on so many people, but I feel that the sampling was a little off. I give the author credit for taking notice of people in different areas of history instead of just focusing on artists, business, etc. She also gave fair samplings of both genders. There’s a lot of facts that are in each person’s bio that made me take notice. A fun read but with also educational value to it and in a way that doesn’t dumb down the facts but gives you the functionality of what that person did in their life to be even considered historical. The reader also gets information about people that they may not have even heard of before, or heard of in passing or from talk they overheard of their parents and/or grandparents. I don’t feel that the subtitle does the book justice though. These are people who are not really timeless crushes. They are people you admired for their work, bravery, mind, artistic sense, etc, but not truly crushed on. I’m still not 100% on the main title either, because Historical Heartthrobs would make it seem that the people in the book were looked at by their peers as good looking, sexual, etc but the majority weren’t. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read. I can see this book gracing people’s coffee tables, being talked about with friends and looked at for info other than the norm. This is a sharing book and I can see it spreading out, with those borrowing in turn purchasing a copy of their own.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS: 50 TIMELESS CRUSHES- FROM CLEOPATRA TO CAMUS by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fyrd is a timeless Art, Music & Photography/Performing Arts/Historical/Teen & Young Adult that both young and old alike are sure to enjoy. Very concise, informative and packed full of information and stats. From Lord Byron, Ernest Hemingway, Frederick Douglass, to the beautiful Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, to Wild Bill Hickok and the list goes on and on. It is educational as well as fun, with trivia, quotes, portraits, and personal profiles. A must read for history bluffs, young and old adults alike, and anyone who enjoys historical heartthrobs. A great place for young readers to learn more about history,political and military leaders as well as a few movie stars. Well done indeed!! What an enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More