The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World

By: Richard Faulk

Over 3,000 years are covered in this brief history of concepts, inventions, and people who have shaped our world—from magnetism to Martha Stewart. Bibliography.

ISBN: 9781936976676

JLG Release: Aug 2015


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Crime: General
Topics: Nonfiction , Invention , Western history , Pop culture , Current events , Science

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Covering “the last 3,000 years (more or less) . . . west of the Caucasus and north of Florida (more or less),” Faulk offers treatments of about five pages each on 37 subjects, from alcohol to microbiomes, with stops along the way for the flying buttress, scientific racism, Kodak cameras, TV dinners, Prozac, and more. Each topic is given Covering “the last 3,000 years (more or less) . . . west of the Caucasus and north of Florida (more or less),” Faulk offers treatments of about five pages each on 37 subjects, from alcohol to microbiomes, with stops along the way for the flying buttress, scientific racism, Kodak cameras, TV dinners, Prozac, and more. Each topic is given a score out of 10 for the hype it generated in its day and another for its actual historical impact. There is a bibliography for those interested in learning more; however, nine of the entries reference only one or two sources. Faulk defines “the next big thing” as “a nodal point in time, when…we finally believe that we really know what the future is going to look like.” It is thus unclear why certain subjects—such as the musical genre and radio format of easy listening—merited inclusion. The geographic focus is narrow, and the book presents a limited vision of the forces that shaped the modern world, but the information-dense entries are readable and engaging, with a light humorous touch. Most teens are unlikely to read this volume in its entirely but may be intrigued to learn that the concept of the teenager is a modern invention or that their parents’ rock ‘n’ roll had such radical origins. Porn is mentioned in the entries on NC-17 and the movable type printing press, and coprophagia and bestiality come up in the section on irony, making this a choice for older teens. VERDICT An additional purchase for larger collections.—Laura Simeon, Open Window School Library, WA

Book Details

ISBN

9781936976676

First Release

August 2015

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

303.48/3/09

Trim Size

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 10; Points: 13;

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N/A

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N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Paperback

Publisher

Zest

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Crime: General

Topics

Nonfiction, Invention, Western history, Pop culture, Current events, Science,

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