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The Histories is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BCE it tells the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BCE. The histories includes the Battle of Thermopylae where 1400 Greeks under King Leonidas of Sparta sacrificed themselves to delay a Persian army of at least hundreds of thousands, an act that sealed the eventual fate of the Persians.
Through the Looking-Glass is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In this story, Alice wonders what the world is like on the other side of a mirror when magically she is able to pass through it. She discovers that the world through the looking glass is quite different. By holding up a mirror, she learns that she can read a book with looking-glass poetry, Jabberwocky. What is the meaning of all this? Talking flowers, Red Queen and Kings, Chess games, Humpty Dumpty ... When will all this nonsense end? More magical Lewis Carroll. Be enchanted again and again.
Clever advertising and marketing turns Tono-Bungay from an ineffective tonic into a miraculous one with powerful placebo effects and even greater profits. H.G. Wells exposes medical charlatans for what they are in Tono-Bungay. A story of relevance when it was first published in 1909 and very much still relevant today.
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