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Napoleon's hemorrhoids : and other small events that changed history

Author: Phil Mason
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hilarious, fascinating, and a roller coaster of dizzying, historical what-ifs, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs. In one of Phil Mason's many revelations, you'll learn that Communist jets were two minutes away from opening fire on American planes during the Cuban missile crisis, when they had to turn back as they were running out of fuel. You'll discover that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Anecdotes
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mason, Phil, 1958-
Napoleon's hemorrhoids.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., ©2009
(DLC) 2009022969
(OCoLC)318420243
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Mason
ISBN: 9781602397644 1602397643 9781628731392 1628731397
OCLC Number: 798579989
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Detours on the march of history --
Politics : fates and fortunes --
History's tricks : accidents, illnesses, and assassinations --
The fog of war --
Science : inspiration, invention, and intrigue --
Chance beginnings --
Artistic strokes (of luck) --
"Unlucky, Sport!" --
Crime : missed demeanours --
Business : enterprise and intuition.
Responsibility: Phil Mason.

Abstract:

Hilarious, fascinating, and a roller coaster of dizzying, historical what-ifs, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs. In one of Phil Mason's many revelations, you'll learn that Communist jets were two minutes away from opening fire on American planes during the Cuban missile crisis, when they had to turn back as they were running out of fuel. You'll discover that before the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon's painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. You'll learn that an irate blacksmith threw his hammer at a fox and missed, hitting a rock and revealing the largest vein of silver ever discovered, thus changing the finances of Canada forever. Interestingly, Charlton Heston was cast as Moses in The Ten Commandments because his broken nose made him look like Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses. Finally, no one knows Einstein's last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.

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