Left-Handed History of World

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Allen & Unwin, 2007 - 256 sider
About 10 percent of the population is left-handed. However 16 percent of American presidents have been lefties. In fact, a disproportionately high number of left-handers factor in influential moments through history from Julius Caesar to Bill Gates. Through fascinating case studies of notables from ancient to modern times, Ed Wright explains the secret of lefty success. Psychology meets history in this fascinating and popular look at being left-handed and its effects on our world.
 

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INTRODUCTION
9
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
26
JOAN OF ARC
44
MICHELANGELO
62
ISAAC NEWTON
80
BEETHOVEN
100
LEWIS CARROLL
124
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
143
MARIE CURIE
156
CHARLIE CHAPLIN
176
ALAN TURING
194
PAUL MCCARTNEY
210
NAVRATILOVA AND McENROE
237
FURTHER READING
251
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Ed Wright is a social commentator and regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Australian Financial Review. He was the co-founder of the satirical Strewth! magazine and has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Sydney. Ed is the author of two previous books for Murdoch Books: History's Greatest Scandals (ISBN: 9781740458092, RRP $34.95) and Celebrity Family Trees (ISBN: 9781740458146, RRP $29.95).

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