- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Skyhorse Publishing (1. September 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1616081325
- ISBN-13: 978-1616081324
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 14,2 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 694.573 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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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.
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. ###