History's Worst Decisions: And the People who Made Them

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Всего страниц: 256
The 64 A.D. burning of Rome during the reign of Nero ... Winston Churchill's ill-conceived and disastrous World War I plan to invade Turkey at Gallipoli ... the Maginot Line, built in France in 1929-34 in a foolhardy effort to prevent the feared German invasion ... the 1950s thalidomide pharmaceutical disaster that resulted in at least 20,000 babies born with deformities ... the 1989-91 misappropriation of company funds by publishing executive Robert Maxwell, and the collapse of his financial empire ... the Enron scandal of 2000 that brought down a yet larger business empire. Chronicled in these pages are stories of corporate chicanery, poor military decisions, engineering disasters, diplomatic blunders, and other appalling, large-scale mistakes that resulted in ruin and misery for countless innocent bystanders. Here are baleful tales motivated by false hope, anger, greed, pride, lust, and many other instances of erratic human behavior. A selection of approximately 50 disastrous decisions are presented, each grim account summarized in a report of roughly a half-dozen pages and enhanced with sidebars and thumbnail-sized cartoon-style illustrations. Each account opens with its cast of characters, then sets the story's background before reporting the grim details and concluding with the unhappy moral. Here is a page-turner of a book that recounts some of history's most dramatic-but also catastrophic-moments.
 

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Imagine only being remembered for the worst or most unintelligent thing you’ve ever done. Your history, rather than a subtle continuum of up and downs, is seen as the outcome of a single, unflattering ... Читать весь отзыв

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Encyclopedia Idiotica: History's Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them is a hilarious look at some of the worst mistakes in history. It starts out with Adam and Eve, and includes the disaster ... Читать весь отзыв

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Hannibal and the Avalanche
20
Cleopatras Men
27
Nero and the Burning of Rome
32
The First Real Estate Scam
37
Pope Sylvester and the End of the World
41
Pope Alexander and the Search for Prester John
45
George Podiebrad the Last Bohemian and World Peace
49
to Moctezuma and the Returning God
55
Maginots Line
26
Suhrawardy Partition and the Bengal Rice Famine 48
48
Wakefields Nuts
53
so Mohammed Mossadegh Times Man of the Year and Democracy in Iran
58
The Black Mist of Maralinga
63
Sir Anthony Eden Suez and Speed
67
Thalidomide
72
Vaccines aids and the Chimps of the Congo
78

The Worst Deal Ever Made
60
Lord North and King George Ills Tea Party
64
Napoleon the March to Russiaand Frankenstein
68
Disease in the Crimea
73
Mutiny and Beef Fat
78
Thomas Austins Rabbits
83
General Custer and Little Big Horn
88
King Leopold and the Scramble for Africa
94
Nicholas Alexandra and the Mad Monk
5
The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
10
Winston Churchill and the Disaster at Gallipoli 6
20
Mao and the Great Leap Forward
82
Agent Orange
86
Murphys Law and the Missing Hyphen 190
29
Gerald Ratners Crap 224
The Brits Again 228
Lockheed Martin Columbine and the Metric System 232
5
Robert Mugabes Great Zimbabwe Land Grab 239
18
Further Readings 253
23
DECISIONs
24
The Map of Iraq
25
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Stephen Weir has worked on three continents as a book publisherbooks and authors he has worked with have won National Book Awards and Nobel Prizes among others, and include writers from Patrick White to John Keegan to George Soros. He has written many articles on book publishing for a number of professional journals including The Bookseller, and been featured in the Financial Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and as a featured speaker at conferences and on WGN radio. He was also President of the Publishers Marketing Association and Director of Northwestern University Press. He has a double first in History from Cambridge University as well as a Masters in History from there.

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