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You Did What? : Mad Plans & Great Historical Disasters - Bill Fawcett

You Did What?

Mad Plans & Great Historical Disasters

Paperback Published: 17th August 2004
ISBN: 9780060532505
Number Of Pages: 304

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History has never been more fun than it is in this fact-filled compendium of historical fiascoes and embarrassingly bad ideas.

Throughout history, the rich and powerful, and even just the dim-witted, have made horrifically bad decisions that have had resounding effects on our world. From kings to corporate leaders, from captains to presidents, no one is immune to bad decisions and their lasting legacy. The fiascoes that litter our history are innumerable ... and fascinating in their foolishness. This witty collection of historical mayhem chronicles unwise decisions from ancient Greece to modern-day Hollywood and everything in between. Learn such lessons as: Never trust Greeks bearing gifts of large wooden horses. Avoid building elementary schools on toxic waste dumps, even those with sweet monikers like Love Canal. Rabbits multiply like rabbits Down Under. Even if you use brightly colored paint on the boats, it's quite easy to misplace an entire country's navy.

With more than forty-five chapters of mind-boggling flubs and follies, fans of history, trivia, and those who just want a good laugh will adore this intriguing and fun read.

Introductionp. XIII
You Kidnapped Whom? Troy, the Bronze Agep. 1
You Insulted Whom? Britain, A.D. 43p. 6
You Invited Whom? Rome, A.D. 300p. 12
Your Son Did What? England, Twelfth Centuryp. 19
You Arrested Whom? Rome, A.D. 1244p. 24
You Armed Whom? Hungary, 1514p. 29
You Chose Whom to Be the What? England, 1535p. 33
You Bought What? Netherlands, 1636p. 39
You Sent Whom, Governor? America, 1753-1754p. 46
You Lost Your Head Paris, 1794p. 55
You Are Shocking Europe, 1796p. 61
You Married Whom? Germany, 1858p. 66
You Shot Whom? Weehawken, New Jersey, 1804p. 71
You Invaded Where? Russia, 1812p. 77
You Gave Command to Whom? Waterloo, 1815p. 81
You Wore What? Washington, D.C., 1840p. 88
You Set Loose What? Australia, 1859p. 92
You Lost What? Antietam, 1862p. 97
You Taught Them What? Kansas and Missouri, 1863p. 103
You Sent Them Out in What? Off the Confederate Coastline, 1864p. 108
You're Building What, Where? Panama, 1881p. 112
You Put Him in Charge of What? Washington, 1896p. 118
You Hit What? The Mid-Atlantic, 1912p. 127
You Demand What? Authors, Everywhere, All the Timep. 136
You Ignored Whose Warning? Galveston, Texas, 1900p. 140
You Unleashed What? China, 1900p. 146
You Allowed What? Australia, 1950p. 150
You Are Doing It When, How? Africap. 157
You Appointed Whom? England, 1914p. 170
You Traded Whom? Boston, 1920p. 179
You Created a Wonder Drug? Germany, 1897p. 183
You Sold Whom for How Much? New York City, 1937p. 190
You're Out of Tune United States, 1950 on (and on, and on)p. 194
You Executed All the What? Russia, 1937-1942p. 198
You Built It Where? New York, 1953p. 203
You Choose Whom? The Vatican, 1958p. 212
You Are Running Against Whom? California, 1966p. 217
You Quit What Show? TV Land: From 1970 to Next Seasonp. 222
You Forged What? Hollywood, 1976p. 226
You Switched Over to What? New York/Oakland Nfl Game, 1968p. 233
You Broke In Where? Washington, D.C., 1971p. 237
You Taped It All? Washington, D.C., 1974p. 243
You Vaccinated Whom Against What? United States, 1976p. 246
You Are Rescuing Them How? Iran, 1979p. 253
You Assassinated Whom? Donegal Bay, Ireland, 1979p. 263
You Made What? Hollywood, 1980s-'90sp. 267
You Forgot to Ask Them What? United States, 1985p. 272
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780060532505
ISBN-10: 0060532505
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th August 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 14.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24