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The World, Objectively Speaking

May 9, 2014 by Reader's Connection

If you had to pick an object that most represents and influences humanity, what would it be? See how these authors answered that question.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

 

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

 

Take a trip around the world, courtesy of the six most essential beverages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World

 

Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World by Jennifer Potter

 

These flowers are iconic and the foundation of billion-dollar industries.

 

 

 

 

 

A History of the World in 12 Maps

 

A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

From Alexandria, Egypt circa 150 AD to Google Maps in 2012, maps represent, and misrepresent land, economics and power.

Also available as a downloadable ebook

 

 

 

 

 

Fifty Typefaces That Changed the World

 

Fifty Typefaces That Changed the World by John L. Waters

 

See the evolution of typeface from Blackletter font’s use for the Guttenberg Bible to Ubuntu’s clean lines for use on mobile devices.

 

 

 

 

 

100 Photographs That Changed the World

 

100 Photographs That Changed the World from the Editors of LIFE

 

These vivid pictures stir our emotions no matter how many times we see them.

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Mechanics Gadget Planet: 150 Gizmos & Inventions That Changed the World

 

Popular Mechanics Gadget Planet: 150 Gizmos & Inventions That Changed the World

 

 

See the gadgets that we have known and loved most.

 

–Selector Beth Baker Schoch

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