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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

The Flat Book Society: May's Read

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History - Jay Burreson, Penny Le Couteur

Voting for the May Flat Book Society Read has closed and those that have voted have spoken.  Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur, and Jay Burreson  has won the day/month.


Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance-which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts.

With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.


This is an older book, but it is still in print both in paperback and ebook and I've just looked: even my library system has it available, so hopefully everyone who would like to participate should be able to source a copy without too much effort.


I've moved the start date back to May 10th to give everyone a little extra time to find a copy.


Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in - Huggins loves a good party.