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History's worst predictions : and the people who made them

Author: Eric Chaline
Publisher: New York : Chartwell Books, Inc., 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Illustrated edView all editions and formats
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"Organized chronologically from Antiquity to modern times and beyond, History's worst predictions excavates the strata of history to expose the credulity and absurdity of humanity's prophetic utterances. Every aspect of human life--religion, politics, science, economy, culture, and war--has provided material for the most far-fetched and inaccurate of predictions."--Page 4 of cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Chaline
ISBN: 9780785828136 0785828133
OCLC Number: 730944772
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Reading the future: the Sibylline books --
The "first" second coming: saints Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Paul --
Round and round: Maya long count and 2012 --
The millennium myth: 1000 CE --
Twilight of the Gods: Snorri Sturluson --
Ark of fools: Johannes Stoffler --
The Yorkshire Sybil: Ursula Southeil --
Plagiarist prophet: Nostradamus --
Revolution, what revolution?: George III --
Overcrowded earth: Thomas Malthus --
Marching On: Joseph Smith, Jr. --
High-speed death: Dionysius Lardner --
Born-again rationalist: William Miller --
Historical imperative: Karl Marx --
"Who would want to use it?": Rutherford B. Hayes --
Whistling in the dark: Henry Morton --
Tuning out: Lord Kelvin --
Neigh, neigh: the president of Michigan savings bank --
Fear of flying: Marshall Ferdinand Foch --
On the rocks: Captain Edward Smith --
The Armageddon habit: Charles Taze Russell --
Iron horses: a British staff officer --
Farewell to arms: president Woodrow Wilson --
Silence is golden: Harry M. Warner --
We're in the money: Irving Fisher --
Doing the splits: Albert Einstein --
Turning the red tide: Leon Trotsky --
Man of peace: Neville Chamberlain --
The Nazi millennium: Adolf Hitler --
Angels of death: Captain Motoharu Okamura --
Viewing the future: Darryl F. Zanuck --
All shook up: Variety magazine --
Atomic dreams: Alexander Lewyt --
High and dry: M. King Hubbert --
Fly me to the moon: Lee De Forest --
Great leap backward: Mao Zedong --
Nowhere man: Dick Rowe --
MAD: Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy --
Metal Mickey: Meredith Thring --
Iron Maiden: Margaret Thatcher --
Chill out: Newsweek and Time magazines --
Does not compute: Kenneth Olsen --
Stormy weather: Michael Fish --
Carried away: Hal Lindsey, Edgar C. Whisenant, and many others --
History man: Francis Fukuyama --
Suicide cults: Marshall Applewhite, Bonnie Nettles, and others --
Electronic Armageddon: Gary North --
Over the rainbow: Gordon Brown --
Bring out your dead: Dr. Margaret Chan --
The end of the future: futurology.
Responsibility: Eric Chaline.

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"Organized chronologically from Antiquity to modern times and beyond, History's worst predictions excavates the strata of history to expose the credulity and absurdity of humanity's prophetic utterances. Every aspect of human life--religion, politics, science, economy, culture, and war--has provided material for the most far-fetched and inaccurate of predictions."--Page 4 of cover.

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