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A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

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This colorful account is a richly researched, dramatic, enthralling look thatportrays the color red as a driving force in history and empire since ... Show synopsis

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TinaHudak

Seeing Red

by TinaHudak on Jul 10, 2007

The suspense intertwined into this historical non-fiction account creates intrigue that is found most often in novels. Sixteenth century European history buffs will find this a thriller to read, especially those whose interest lies with the conquistadors. The author brings this tale alive with her style in developing the characters as the great countries, Spain, France, and ruling states of Italy. Broader readership will engage those who have interests in pirates, entomology, fashion, development of guilds and crafts, such as papermaking and dyeing. They will find this detailed account a sublime way to read history. Integrating vignettes of this account into any school curriculum studying this era, can only precipitate lively discussions for middle to high school students. You will never see "red" in quite the same way.

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