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100 Mistakes That Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered Th E Course of Our World

by Bill Fawcett

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Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave. And the rest is history...
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  • Paperback
    $23.69
ISBN: 9780425236659
ANNOTATION:
Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave. And the rest is history...

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Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave. And the rest is history...

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OOPS.

  • Reeling from the Black Death, Europe's peasants decide it is cats that are carrying the plague, and start killing them off . . .leading the rat population, which is really spreading the disease, to explode.

  • A better society is Prohibition's goal-but the result is robbery and homicide, plus the use of cocaine, marijuana, and opium as substitutes for alcohol.

  • Mexico invites Americans to Texas. And the Americans never leave.

  • Nixon has a twenty-point lead in the polls. Apparently that's not a comfortable enough margin for those who decide to ensure his success . . .by breaking into the Watergate.

From the Maginot Line to the Bay of Pigs invasion, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Rome farms out its fighting to barbarians. The Aztecs greet the conquistadors with open arms. And the rest is history . . .

Author Biography

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a doz

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including "It Seemed Like a Good Idea, How to Loseen books, including "It Seemed Like a Good Idea, How to Lose a Battle, You Said What?", three historical mystery series, a Battle, You Said What?", three historical mystery series, and two oral histories of the U.S. Navy SEALs. He lives in and two oral histories of the U.S. Navy SEALs. He lives in Illinois. Illinois.

Product Details

Author
Bill Fawcett
Short Title
100 MISTAKES THAT CHANGED HIST
Pages
400
Language
English
ISBN-10
042523665X
ISBN-13
9780425236659
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Audience Age
18-17
Subtitle
Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World
Country of Publication
United States
Year
2010
Residence
Chicago, IL, US
Publisher
Berkley Books
Publication Date
2010-11-01
Audience
General/Trade
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