The Extraordinary People Behind the Greatest Firsts in History
Who wore the first pants?
Who painted the first masterpiece?
Who first rode the horse?
This madcap adventure across ancient history uses everything from modern genetics to archaeology to uncover the geniuses behind these and other world-changing innovations.
In this book, writer Cody Cassidy digs deep into the latest research to uncover the untold stories of some of these incredible innovators (or participants in lucky accidents). With a sharp sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for the wonders of our ancient ancestors, Who Ate the First Oyster? profiles the perpetrators of the greatest firsts and catastrophes of prehistory, using the lives of individuals to provide a glimpse into ancient cultures to show how and why these critical developments occurred, and educate us on a period of time that until recently we've known almost nothing about.
Despite its fun approach, the chapters are full of history and brings to life people time has forgotten. It's also a fascinating insight into how things we take for granted developed. - Good to Know
WHO told the first joke? Or drank the first beer? Author Cody Cassidy has the answers to those questions and more in his new Who Ate The First Oyster? book. He has dug deep to uncover the untold stories of some of our ancestors' innovations and discoveries. - Daily Star
A fun and enlightening quick trip through all the clever, stupid, dangerous, and gross human firsts that we've all wondered about. - Zach and Kelly Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling authors of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
In this fascinating and entertaining book, Cody Cassidy has done what might seem impossible: illustrating the identity, life, and death of some of the most momentous-and entirely anonymous-figures in human (and prehuman) history. - Ryan North, author of How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
A breezy read through millennia of human development. - Kirkus Reviews
illuminating and entertaining... Enthralled readers will develop a new appreciation for the ancient past. - Publishers Weekly
Cassidy embarks on a wide-ranging, far-flung journey of curiosity that easily engages the reader. Chapters are brimming with history that may surprise readers as well as compel them to further investigate. - Booklist
Cody Cassidy spent more than three years scouring libraries, debating with experts and travelling the world on a quest to solve the mysteries behind some of humanity's most significant innovations. - The Red Bulletin