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Reviews: 'Unbroken' and 'How Carrots Won the Trojan War'

I've been lurking around the comm for quite awhile but this is my first time actually posting, so hi everyone. ^_^

I've got a two-fer here for you guys - please beware of spoilers in my reviews.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

(Link to Review)



How Carrots Won the Trojan War is a delightful collection of little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of 23 of the worlds most popular vegetables. Curious cooks, gardeners, and casual readers alike will be fascinated by these far-fetched tales of their favorite foods pasts. Readers will discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanovas conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate. How Carrots Won the Trojan War is the perfect book for vegetable gardeners, foodies, and anyone else interested in the secret stories behind a salad.

(Link to Review)
Tags: author: h, author: r, genre: non-fiction, review, subject: history
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