Disclaimer: I received this book free from Doubleday Books in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
If you are like me and love interesting little facts, then you have got to get this book. The book itself is broken in chapters that are named after the months. Each “month” has a few hours in it. Each hour is a titillating tidbit of history. One of my favorites is the story of how the famous composer Franz Haydn had actually been discovered. Even though I have listened to his music often, this was a story that I had never heard before.
There were quite a few other tidbits from history that I had never known sprinkled throughout this book.
Another interesting nougat of history was that of Times Square. We all take for granted all the huge billboard and bright lights that comprise modern day Times Square. However, did you know that the first lighted ad in Times Square had 1, 475 bulbs and simply said “Manhattan Beach, Swept by Ocean Breezes”? And furthermore, did you know that it blinked by way of a gentleman sitting on a rooftop simply flicking on and off a light switch. Think how tediously boring that job must have been. You will also be amazed at the information about Times Square during World War II.
This is a book that you will not want to pass up. Just think of all the great trivia you will be learning while reading it. It is definitely educational and entertaining.