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History's worst decisions and the people who made them

Author: Stephen Weir
Publisher: London : New Holland, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at various mishaps from Adam and Eve's decision to eat the apple and Nero's burning down of his own city, to the destruction of the Himalayan rain forest and the billions of dollars wasted on  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Weir
ISBN: 9781847735041 1847735045
OCLC Number: 373483572
Notes: Originally published: as Encyclopedia idiotica. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Barron's, 2005. London: New Holland, 2006.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. In the Beginning: Adam and Eve --
2. Menelaus and His Lost Wife --
3. Hannibal and the Avalanche --
4. Cleopatra's Men --
5. Nero and the Burning of Rome --
6. Erik the Red's Dream Island: The First Real-Estate Scam --
7. Pope Sylvester II and the End of the World --
8. Pope Alexander III and the Search for Prester John --
9. George Podiebrad, the Last Bohemian, and World Peace --
10. Moctezuma and the Returning God --
11. Johan de Witt, New Amsterdam and Pulau Run: The Worst Deal Ever Made --
12. Lord North and George III's Tea Party --
13. Napoleon, the March to Russia --
and Frankenstein --
14. The War Office Versus the Lady with the Lamp: Disease in the Crimea --
15. The War Office Versus the Indian Army: Mutiny and Beef Fat --
16. Thomas Austin's Rabbits --
17. General Custer and Little Bighorn --
18. King Leopold and the Scramble for Africa --
19. Nicholas, Alexandra and the Mad Monk --
20. Ismay's Lifeboats --
Contents note continued: 21. Gavrilo Princip's Deli Sandwich: The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand --
22. Winston Churchill and the Disaster at Gallipoli --
23. Trench Warfare, General Haig and the Battle of the Somme --
24. Maginot's Line --
25. Winston Churchill Strikes Again: The Map of Iraq --
26. Stalin and the Great Purge --
27. Shenton Thomas's Little Men and the Fall of Singapore --
28. Suhrawardy, Partition and the Bengal Rice Famine --
29. Wakefield's Nuts --
30. Mohammed Mossadegh, Time's Man of the Year, and Democracy in Iran --
31. The British Nuclear Legacy: The Black Mist of Maralinga --
32. Sir Anthony Eden, Suez and Speed --
33. Grunenthal's Outstandingly Safe Drug: Thalidomide --
34. Vaccines, AIDS and the Chimps of the Congo --
35. Mao and the Great Leap Forward --
36. Robert McNamara and Agent Orange --
37. Murphy's Law and the Missing Hyphen --
38. Nauru's Bird Droppings --
39. Drinking Jim Jones's Kool-Aid: The Jonestown Suicides --
40. Union Carbide's Cost Cutting: Bhopal --
Contents note continued: 41. Robert Maxwell and the Mirror Pensioners --
42. The Soviet Nuclear Legacy: Chernobyl --
43. Ahmed Badeeb, Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden and the CIA --
44. Gerald Ratner's `Crap' --
45. The Bangladesh Floods and the Destruction of the Himalayan Rainforest --
46. Lockheed Martin, Columbine and the Metric System --
47. The Y2K that Never Came --
48. Robert Mugabe's Great Zimbabwe Land Grab --
49. Wall Street, Enron and Those Who Believed --
50. Why a Ten-Year-Old British Girl Knew More than the Thai Government: The Boxing Day Tsunami.
Other Titles: History's worst decisions
Responsibility: Stephen Weir.

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