Bugged: How Insects Changed History

Bugged: How Insects Changed History
by Sarah Albee (Author) and Robert Leighton (Illustrator)

Booktalk: For as long as humans have been on earth, we’ve co-existed with insects . . . for better or for worse. Once you begin to look at world history through fly-specked glasses, you begin to see the mark of these minute life forms at every turn. Beneficial bugs have built empires. Bad bugs have toppled them.

Snippet: When Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes first encountered the Aztecs of Mexico in 1518 he was amazed by the brilliance of the red robes worn by the Aztec leader, Montezuma II, and his high-ranking officials. The color was brighter and richer than any red seen in Europe…Cortes was doubly astonished when he learned that the Aztecs’ brilliant red was made from squashed bug bodies.

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