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Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  140 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in w ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Zest Books
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Sep 17, 2013 Ea rated it it was amazing
Coming January 2014 from Zest Books.

Never have I had so much quick-fire knowledge thrown at me about 50 very different (and mostly, by now, dead) people, and still chuckled my way through it. Because it was amusing. And even if the written humour isn't your taste, all the little clip art-like pictures related to the text ought to make even the grumpiest cat smile. Some of them are rather witty indeed.

To get down to the facts, each individual among the 50 heartthrobs get the exactly same treatme
I used to work with grade 8 students who had to dress up as a historical figure and give a report of his/her life and influence. No surprise, every one of them was concerned with choosing someone good looking rather than someone of lasting importance. This book hits the mark of introducing some lesser known characters into the mix, and by suggesting that a person’s outside beauty can be magnified or diminished by what’s on the inside - personal beliefs and achievements. In the book, this is repr ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Pamela rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Ever. For real--I mean it.
Originally, my review for this book was just going to be: #no

I changed my mind, since I did receive an ARC of this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review.

Reading this book will reduce your intelligence. It rates historical figures on their "crushworthiness" and each person has a paragraph dedicated to his/her sex life. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT TOTALLY MATTERED ABOUT FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Or Annie Oakley. Or Amelia Earhart. I skimmed a bunch of chapters (and I am not ashamed) because
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HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS: 50 TIMELESS CRUSHES- FROM CLEOPATRA TO CAMUS by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fyrd is a timeless Art, Music & Photography/Performing Arts/Historical/Teen & Young Adult that both young and old alike are sure to enjoy. Very concise, informative and packed full of information and stats. From Lord Byron, Ernest Hemingway, Frederick Douglass, to the beautiful Egyptian ruler Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, to Wild Bill Hickok and the list goes on and on. It is educational as w ...more
Dec 08, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.)

A collective biography written for young adults, but adults will enjoy this volume also. Famous historical people from Cleopatra to Benazir Bhutto are included. Each person is featured in a drawing or a photo, along with a short biography consisting of 3 to 4 pages. This includes the Best Feature and the Heat Factor sections. My favorite Heat Factor Description is that of Nikola Tesla. “Nothing is mor
Dec 13, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. I would recommend if for 8th grade and older, but don't discount the interested of adults who enjoy a more personal bent to their history. While including historically accurate and pertinent information about each individual, the format of this book presents it in a new and interesting way. I was always the person in history classes who couldn't remember the year an event happened, but I could tell you the circumstances surrounding so and so's death or the details of f ...more
Tabby Shiflett
A witty compilation of historical figures who served as catalysts, whether good or bad, for the world stage. The author includes men and women from all walks of life, even some who you may have forgotten about. Each section has great pictures, a mini biography, quotes, the subject's contributions, and a hotness meter. This work is a good place to start for teens or adults interested in history and/or politics. It's entertaining to say the least.

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Kim Baccellia
Oct 21, 2013 Kim Baccellia rated it really liked it
My YA Books Central review:
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Feb 15, 2013 Zest Books rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
"From Benjamin Franklin to Benazir Bhutto, Murphy introduces 50 historical crushes in chronological order. At first glance, the list seems to be a hodgepodge of politicians, authors, aviators, trailblazers, activists, movie stars, entrepreneurs, outlaws, guerrilla fighters, sensationalists, and so on. But similarities come out through the chapters, each of which includes a full-page picture with a vital statistics inset, a one-and-a-half-page “Life Story,” a one-column “Story of His/Her
Nov 16, 2013 Jillyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, requested
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus is a collection of fifty historical figures that all offer(ed) something rich to human life, and looked good while doing it. I'm not sure who decided that this book was one that needed penning, but I will say that I learned a lot of interesting historical tidbits from this collection.

Each figure listed is summarized in a bio, information about their sex/relationships, a few fun facts, quotes, a picture, why they're worth knowing
Dec 10, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Obviously one book, no matter how large, small the print, or short the article, cannot contain all of the historical heartthrobs we all might have in mind. And the author does make clear that some of the chosen are not necessarily selected for their physical appearance, but may be determined to be attractive for other attributes. (And that they pretty much are writing about those whose pictures are available, with one exception. Leaving out many we all would consider noteworthy.)

But it is a goo
Heidi The Hippie Reader
I received a free (autographed) copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!

This book was such an interesting way to present historical figures. In the introduction, the authors talk about how dry history can be and how, even though this book could be considered shallow, it makes the men and women come alive and captures the imagination (which it really does!). This unique perspective is needed because more people know the details about Jennifer Aniston's love life tha
Feb 03, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it
3.5 stars;


Historical Heartthrobs is a non-fiction book looking at historical figures and rating their hearttrob-iness*(not a real word*).

It’s a pretty fun way too get to a look at historical figures. There’s lots of pictures and the book provides a “Vital Status” for each figure which is a quick guide to the time frame, who they are, and what they’re famous for and more in-depth information for each person. There’s fun fact
Emily S.
Feb 15, 2015 Emily S. rated it liked it
Interesting. On the one hand, I'm not entirely enamored with the idea of ranking historical figures on 'hotness', but on the other hand, I like that many of them were included for their intelligence and not just looks. I also think it was a bit unnecessary to include snippets about their sex lives. Okay, that might be interesting, but all it did for me was detract from their real contributions.
Dec 01, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, history
This has an interesting selection of people in it, and I think it might be a great book for introducing young people to a lot of historical figures. But the more I read it the more the brief and shallow three page biographies started to bother me.
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Feb 10, 2014 Brooke (The Cover Contessa) rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Zest Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on
Feb 13, 2014 Marni rated it liked it
I would like to thank the publisher, Zest Books, for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Receiving such does not sway my opinion in any way.

I was really thrilled when I was accepted to review this book, and to be able to post on Valentine’s Day was icing on the cake. 50 historical figures, in one book, and all about what makes them a heartthrob. How cool is that? The book itself is light reading, but full of facts. I was expecting just a small book, but was quite surprised in a
Jan 07, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
This book is basically the Buzzfeed or Upworthy of books. I can see the article titles now. Fifty hot people from history who are going to rock your world! or These fifty historical figures are going to change your life for the better! or Move over, Jennifer Lawrence, these fifty timeless crushes would have won the internet if it had been invented yet. It is clickbait in paper form.

The summary describes what you get here -- a few pages each on fifty historical figure -- what they accomplished, w
What a fun book! Full of (mostly) attractive photos and paintings of historic and modern "heartthrobs", and short sections on their life stories, story of their sex lives, why they matter, best feature, and a "heat factor" (apparently based on their overall combination of factors, but in reality a little vague in how ratings were reached). There were also boxes with several quotations by and/or about the person, and a small box or two with random fun facts.
Despite a clever, if somewhat shallow,
Cindy Hudson
Feb 14, 2014 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Quick, think of a famous heartthrob! Chances are you didn’t think of someone from the past, but a book by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd is hoping to change that. Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—from Cleopatra to Camus is a fascinating look at some of the people who have intrigued and captivated people throughout time.

Some of the featured heartthrobs are expected—Cleopatra and T. E. Lawrence—while others are totally unexpected, like Benjamin Franklin and Nellie Bly. The people include
Dec 16, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-ficton
This isn't your ordinary everyday history book. I have to admit that when I first saw the title of this book I thought it would be more about romances in history. Probably because of the word crushes. But it turns out they mean crushes we'd have.
On that note, I have no problem admitting that I've had a crush on Cleopatra. Too bad she's like the first person mentioned so after a while my mind would start to wander a bit if the person didn't catch my attention.

I don't want to get into the people m
Feb 20, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
'Heartthrobs' offers new access points into historical figures that can feel dusty and remote. The book has curated some of the most interesting people of the past several hundred years: some big names you'd expect along with lesser known people who are fascinating in their own right. Because the book goes along chronologically according to year of birth, the reader gets a smattering of different parts of the world and types of struggles, from one profile to the next (Czarina Alexandra and Harry ...more
Audrey Wilkerson
So I do love history. But, like most people, how much I get out of it certainly depends on the format in which it is presented. Historical Heartthrobs is a read that takes a diverse group of historical figures and tells why they are still interesting. So, though there are "Heat Ratings," a section on "Best Feature," and info about each person's sex life, each chapter serves to remind us of some people who changed history - both for good and bad. And why they make history hot.

From the poetic tend
Shallow? Sure. Silly? Li'l bit. Scholarly? Not hardly.
Fun? You betcha.
This book is not a serious historical look at historical figures. It doesn't claim to be. It's an unapologetically fluffy beach read that still manages to make you learn a thing or two, or fifty, about some of the movers and shakers of history. But instead of just hashing and rehashing the already well-known facts of these celebrities' lives and accomplishments, the book takes an irreverent yet good-natured look at their physi
Jan 07, 2014 Aleap rated it really liked it
I requested this book from Netgalley, mostly out of curiosity, and I'm glad that I did. It's really easy to want to be offended by this book; to look at it as reducing or objectifying important figures. But I would argue it uses the humor created through the dissonance of placing historical figures into a modern day, US Weekly type layout, using modern vernacular, to make history fun and engaging. Yes, there were pictures and silly quips relating to looks but just as often as not, it made the po ...more
Book Whales
Jan 11, 2014 Book Whales rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales

Every time I read a book fro Zest Books... I know completely that it will be a unique experience.

Historical Heartthrobs sums up famous people with appeal and great influence. From Cleopatra to Che Guevara. You get to know famous people in a different way which makes this book so interesting. Not only is this a picture book but It has facts and filled with humorous FYI. Topics from their sex life, heat factor and quotables, there is not a drop of boredom in this
Kylee Peterson
Apr 06, 2015 Kylee Peterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-13-25

This biographical compilation offers insight into more than just the black and white of well-known historical figures--it includes pictures, quotes, and personal stories right down to their best features and their sex life. Aside from analyzing and rating the appeal of each person in a down-to-earth and easily navigable way, it also delves into the impact that each individual made on society then and today.
I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of boredom I experienced while reading this book.
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
A fun, intriguing way to present important people throughout history! I think this book would be great as an introduction to history and also for people who want to learn a little but have fun at the same time. The lighthearted approach is a great way for people to realise that history can be entertaining and that all the people we read about had interesting and rocky lives just like the rest of us!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a light read but to learn something at
Jun 02, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: history, youth, 2014
A collective biography (3 pages each) on 50 of history's sexiest people - and why you would or would not want to date them. It's an interesting approach to history, and I like her explanation that attraction/charisma/looks play a big part in their ability to influence. Each person gets a summary of their life in general, their love life, their best feature, heat factor and quotes. I didn't really agree with all of them (Castro??) but I really enjoyed the mix of people included (Frida Kahlo, Niko ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Buddy read with Erica!

This was SUCH a fun book, and I loved reading it. The 50 people chosen were surprising - some were definitely not what I would consider "heartthrobs" and some were definitely attractive but terrible people - but they were all interesting. I actually didn't know a lot of the people chosen, which I think says a lot about our public school system and what they teach us as kids.

This included a bibliography in the back where we can learn more about these historical figures and
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Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. Kelly graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and currently works in publishing.
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