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Atlas of History's Greatest Disasters & Mistakes: The 50 Most Significant… (2013)

by Tim Cooke

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Well-written accounts of famous and not so famous mistakes and disasters through history. Arranged chronologically from the "bent" pyramid to the banking crisis of 2008. Maps are the primary illustrations, with a few additional photos for each account.

The author is precise in his examinations of each event as to cause and effect. "Mistakes," in his definition, are preventable and the result of human carelessness, ineptitude, ignorance, laziness, or some combination. "Disasters," especially natural disasters, are not of human origin, but human failures often made them worse.

This is not a long book (220 pages), but it is far-ranging, both through history and through different types of event. There are battle mistakes, religious mistakes, economic mistakes, natural disasters, building disasters, cultural disasters. Recommended. ( )
  MerryMary | May 22, 2013 |
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Introduction: The true course of history is a long way from the version most of us learned at school, in which a succession of bold leaders or visionaries oversaw a steady stream toward progress and achievement.
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From Marathon in 490 BC or Hastings in 1066 to Trafalgar and Austerlitz in 1805; from Midway, Stalingrad or Leyte Gulf during the Second World War to the fall of Baghdad in 2003, this meticulously illustrated companion to great battles of the world will be essential reading for anyone fascinated by military set-pieces and strategy.… (more)

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