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Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2010

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Mason writes well, and readers looking for pithy historical trivia to share with friends will be satisfied.

I started turning pages and couldn t stop.

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Phil Mason has amassed one of the country’s largest private collections of cuttings and books chronicling the weird and the strange.  He other books include How George Washington Fleeced the Nation.  He lives in England. 
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1.0 von 5 Sternen "What if" and other weasel words. 21. Juli 2015
Von Gerald Farber - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
If you liked the newspaper column "Ripley's Believe it or Not" you might like this book for a short while but soon the weasel words like "might have" or "probably", "what if" and others make you realize that this is a book of amateurish conjecture devoid of a true historical basis, and filled with silly little stories of obscure and stupid "coincidences" that may or may not have actually happened and whose weight if they did happen is ludicrously overrated.
And Read Chapter 8 only if you love English Soccer, Snooker or Cricket since it consists of at least 4 stories on Cricket and other "what if's" of accidents and "mistakes" that may have affected an individual performance which may have affected an individual game, which may have...oh you get the idea.
Jeremy Irons, in the remake of "The Time Machine" tells the Time Traveler (Guy Pierce) that the most "terrible words" that one could dwell upon was "What if..." That is what this book is all about. I wonder "what if" the compiler had tried to write a real history? It might have been entertaining which this book is certainly not.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen How Chance Changed History 12. Oktober 2014
Von Paul Froehlich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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People who like history in brief bites will enjoy this book. It contains a couple of hundred snippets about how chance events shaped history. The examples chosen are British-centric, so American readers won't be familiar with many references.
Nonetheless, there are a variety of fascinating stories, a few of which are listed below:

* Alfred Nobel's will creating the prizes named after him was challenged after his death by his family, who didn't want to lose their inheritance. Because the Nobel family lost in court, the Nobel name is known far and wide.

* Marco Polo became known to history only because he spent a year in a Genoan jail with an inquisitive cell mate, who took notes about Polo's travels and published them.

* The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Universal Exposition. The building was licensed to occupy the site for 20 years, after which it was to be demolished. In 1909, city officials were persuaded by French telegraph officials that the tower was a useful transmitting beacon due to a single radio antenna at the summit.

* According to an authorized biography, when Ronald Reagan was a 27-year-old actor in 1938, he applied to join the Communist Party USA, which some of his closest Hollywood friends had joined. The Party rejected him.

* The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked World War I. It occurred when the driver of his vehicle made a wrong turn, right past the café where the assassin was having coffee. When the driver put the vehicle in reverse, the assassin took his opportunity.

* US Grant had been invited the Lincolns to the Ford Theatre the night of Lincoln's assassination. Grant cancelled that day, which may have saved his life since he was also a target.

* The belief that spinach has unusual strength-building properties stemmed from a decimal point error. In 1870, a scientist measuring the iron in vegetables put the decimal point in the wrong place, overstating the iron content by a factor of ten. The error was not discovered until the 1930s -- after Popeye cartoons had propagated the myth.

* Kokura was the Japanese city originally targeted for the second atomic bomb in 1945. Cloudiness and smoke over the city led to the secondary target of Nagasaki.

* Matchbox miniature cars were inspired in 1950, when the designer's daughter complained about a school rule: children were not allowed to have any toy in school that would not fit into a matchbox. Jack Odell made her a miniature car, which led to Matchbox cars, one of the most popular toys in the 1950s and 1960s.

We underestimate the role that chance plays in our lives and in history because it's more comforting to believe we have more control than we do. This book provides many memorable anecdotes of how tiny acts of chance shaped significant events. ###
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun collection of trivia 23. Mai 2016
Von Judith Kelsey-Powell, Kindle Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Primarily from British and American history, this is a collection of small interesting accidents of history, unexpected incidents or entertaining anecdotes about historical figures. Many of the best are cited in the promotional blurbs for the book, but there are plenty of others. My personal favorite regarded the disposal of Thomas Hardy's remains. In a compromise, his ashes are interred in Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey, but according to his wishes his heart was to be buried in the family plot. As the burial was pending, a cat stole the heart and escaped into a nearby forest. It is assumed that the casket later buried contains the heart in some form.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Great read for the first two chapters!...and then move onto something else. 29. Juli 2015
Von Z. Trojak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Starts off very strong with a solid collection of tales of similar type and magnitude of the title incident. Then you get to chapter three or so and the book turns into a series of middling coincidences with only the occasional gem found within its pages. Was very excited after chapter one and very disappointed from there on out.
5.0 von 5 Sternen I really enjoyed this book 27. Oktober 2014
Von rabidreader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. It really put some of the great moments in history in perspective for me. Fascinating to realize how much of what we learned in school, presented as a grand moment in time, was really just the outcome of an quirky set of circumstances beyond anyone's design or control. Anyone who is an amateur history buff will love it. Easy book to pick up and put down so it's a great travel book, particularly if you are traveling in any of the places noted in the book! It is said, the victor gets to write the history of an event, this is just a fun look at it from the other side of the fence - instead of presenting everything that went right for the winner, it presents the things that went wrong for the loser. Greatly enjoyed it.
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