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Forgotten Firsts Dan Smith

Forgotten Firsts By Dan Smith

Forgotten Firsts by Dan Smith

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Over 100 intriguing and amusing firsts are uncovered in this wonderfully diverting compendium. Amongst them are the origins of the first: heart transplant, rollercoaster, soap opera, ski jumper, Christmas card, chocolate bar and Grand National winner and many many more.

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Forgotten Firsts: A Compendium of Lost Pioneers, Trend-Setters and Innovators by Dan Smith

Everyone knows that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon and that George Washington was the first American president. But what about all those other pioneers and originators (and even the occasional guinea pig) who have been lost in the footnotes of history? This fascinating book is a collection of those lesser-known innovators who deserve their place amongst the list of 'famous firsts'. It will probably come as no surprise that the first ever restaurateur was a Parisian; his name was Monsieur Boulanger and he originally served up soups which he called restaurants (restoratives) to his clientele. Did you know, however, that the first circus ringmaster was a celebrated cavalryman called Philip Astley who developed his horse-riding act into a grand spectacle that established a blueprint for the circus we know and love today. This is the book that no trivia fiend or general knowledge buff should be without!

About Dan Smith

Daniel Smith works in publishing as a writer, researcher and editor of non-fiction. His previous books include Sherlock Holmes: An Elementary Guide, The Lucky Bugger's Casebook: Tales of Serendipity and Outrageous Good Fortune, and a quiz book, Think You Know It All? He is also writing a history of the Second World War Dig for Victory campaign. When not buried in an archive somewhere, he lives in east London with his wife, Rosie and an assortment of fish.

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Forgotten Firsts: A Compendium of Lost Pioneers, Trend-Setters and Innovators by Dan Smith
Used - Very Good
John Blake Publishing Ltd
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