This is a super fun book. Sam Maggs’ Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History covers women from all times and all ages who did something to change history (the catch? You have probably, maybe, only heard about one or two of these fabulous women). Maggs has divided Wonder Women into five main chapters or categories: women of science, women of medicine, women of espionage, women of innovation, and women of adventure. Even though the book highlights only twenty-five women, each chapter ends with cliff notes on seven more rock awesome chicks and an interview with a current day rock awesome woman in that particular field.
Maggs writes in such a way that makes history interesting (think she could maybe write a history book for the schools? Kids might actually like learning about history!) She is funny, while still being authoritative on her subjects. She has even peeked my interest into digging more into the lives of these fabulous trailblazers.
One of my favorite stories in the book is the story of Elvira Chaudoir—Peruvian heiress and spy—responsible for feeding incorrect information to Nazi Germany allowing an Allied victory on D-Day (and the Germans still trusted her information after that bad piece of intel!)
Another favorite was Noon Inayat Khan who was an Indian American author and allied spy (yes, I love the spy girls!) She rocked her training and was a bad ass spy. Her story does not end happily, however, it is an amazing one. Her children’s book, Twenty Jataka Tales, can be read online.
I also found the women of science chapter very interesting. Many of the modern medicines and convinces were actually discovered by women, however, were “claimed” by men.
I really enjoyed the illustrations at the introduction of each woman (I did review an advance reader copy, and it notes that many of the illustrations are not finalized—from looking at previews online, it looks as if these pictures will have more color, which makes it all the more amazing.)
Wonder Women was a great book. While I already enjoy a good historical book, Sam Maggs’ interpretation of these different women made me want to dig deeper and discover more women whom history texts have overlooked.
Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Quirk Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.