History's Biggest Blunders, And the People Who Made Them

History s Biggest Blunders And the People Who Made Them The mistakes of the fool are known to the world but not to himself Charles Caleb Colton English writerIf the road to damnation is paved with the best of intentions then the road to disaster is paved

  • Title: History's Biggest Blunders, And the People Who Made Them
  • Author: Ian Whitelaw
  • ISBN: 9781435139879
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • The mistakes of the fool are known to the world,but not to himself Charles Caleb Colton, English writerIf the road to damnation is paved with the best of intentions, then the road to disaster is paved with what, at first sight, appeared to be a smart move History s Biggest Blunders features a crop of humongous historical bloopers, ordered chronologically, and categor The mistakes of the fool are known to the world,but not to himself Charles Caleb Colton, English writerIf the road to damnation is paved with the best of intentions, then the road to disaster is paved with what, at first sight, appeared to be a smart move History s Biggest Blunders features a crop of humongous historical bloopers, ordered chronologically, and categorized into military, religion, culture, politics, scandal, environment, and everyone s current favorite, economics.Chapters include Conspirators Murder Julius Caesar Napoleon Sells Louisiana Britain Invades Afghanistan Hitler Invades Russia Europe Introduces the EuroThis beautifully presented volume, with over 80 photographs, paintings, and illustrations, shines a light on the people and personalities behind some of history s biggest blunders.

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    1. My interest in this book is rather unusual. I'm a photojournalist and one day, while waiting for my wife to pay for her book at B&N I picked up this book and thumbed through it. I was very, very surprised to see that my photo of Anthony Weiner was in it. The photo credit was there as well - which meant that the author complied with the sole copyright restriction. Not too shabby! Thanks to Ian W for including my work!

    2. Here we have a concise bouquet of incidents in world history, many of which I didn't remember, perpetrated by people who should have known better that will blow your mind. The subject matter runs the gamut from Egypt's Pharaoh's refusal to release the Israelites from bondage to Santa Anna's attack on the Alamo to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor to 9-ll. It also includes reports on the genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia including the ineptness, corruption and general uselessness of the United Nations. [...]

    3. I had a bad feeling about this book as soon as I started reading it; the first "blunder" is "Humankind domesticates plants and animals," which I think most people would agree has turned out pretty well, civilization wise. I chalked this up to the book not being titled "History's Most Nuanced Looks at Societal Development" and went on to the second "blunder", which is Pharaoh not letting Moses and the Jews go free, even as the author mentions multiple times that God explains to Moses that he hard [...]

    4. The book starts out well enough, and has a fun premise, the BIGGEST blunders in history, how can that not be good? The ancient blunders were fun to read about, but the modern material is confusing and certainly does not belong in the book. The book starts to lose focus as it closer and closer to modern times. In fact, I would say that everything up to and including the British Partition of India is decent and could really count as history's biggest blunders. However, inclusion of recent politica [...]

    5. It starts out great, making the case that agriculture was a mistake, and it's a solid case. Civilization is not required for species survival and thriving, however, it may make us extinct. However, it ends with Anthony Wiener, and while he is a noteworthy idiot/addict, how could he make it in and we don't get how supporting French Colonialism, us a colony, led to the Vietnam war and how it altered our society, and got Nixon elected, giving us a string of Republican WAR Presidents that gave us wa [...]

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