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Napoleon's Buttons (PB Reprint) by Penny Le Couteur
Napoleon's Buttons (PB Reprint)

shcarroll, October 3, 2006

Fascinating! Truly, truly! I was so sad to come to the end of this book that I reread the introduction. The stories of how chemistry changed the history of the world were so well written as to be riveting. Well, I skipped over some of the chemistry diagrams. (But I did read the written explanations of the diagrams.) Chemistry seemed nothing but a boring class of memorizing the periodic table, so I managed to studiously avoid any chemistry in high school or college. But here, chemistry was interwoven with pivotal points in the exploration and conquering of the world, and with the serendipitous chemical compounds that changed society and industry around the world. What a great book!
While I have read my way around the Dewey Decimal System, (with long pauses in science fiction and historical fiction), my usual reads lately have been in suspense and mystery. This book I would recommend to anyone with a curious mind who enjoys a good story.
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