Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the World
I would liken Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word to Guinness World Records as well as to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Fleischman includes twenty-six “word enthusiasts” who have had an impact on our language for decades. Examples include a man who has rewritten famous works of art (Shakespeare, the Bible) using only vanity license plates registered in the state of California. Another is the man who invented Star Trek’s Klingon language. While most of the individuals are men, there are a few women included as well. One is a woman who restored an extinct language from only a vision and perseverance. One could say that the individuals had a drive for competition, knowledge, and creativity, and an overall drive to improve the human race.
Alphamaniacs was an informative read, as I had never heard of the people included in this book. Honestly, I first thought I was getting a book about twenty-six wonders of the “world” because of not reading clearly, but I’m thankful for that mistake and find it amusing that my reading error fell in line with the point of the book. Those who enjoy history are sure to like this book, but really, everyone should know the facts given in it.
|Author||Paul Fleischman and Melissa Sweet|
|Page Count||144 pages|
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|Category||Art, Architecture & Photography|