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History's Worst Predictions: And the People Who Made Them (2011)

by Eric Chaline

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Eric Chalinen kirja maailmanhistorian huonoimmista ennustuksista on erittäin viihdyttävää jälkiviisautta. Osansa saavat niin maailmanlopun ennustajat, kuin myöskin erilaisia uusia teknologioita hölynpölyksi tai maailman mullistajaksi nimittäneet entisaikojen henkilöt. Kirjan lukemalla saa hyvän kuvan siitä, miten vaikeaa voi olla arvioida sitä, minkälaiseksi tulevaisuus muotoutuu, ja toisaalta oppii ymmärtämään niitä lähtökohtia, mistä ihmiset ovat ponnistaneet pohdiskellessaan, mitä tulevaisuus tuo tullessaan. Maailmanlopun ennustukset esitellään myös kattavasti ja pohdiskellen, millaisiin perinteisiin ajatus kaiken lopusta nyt tai huomenna perustuvat. Chaline muodostaakin kirjassaan mielenkiintoisen ajatuksen siitä, miten maailmanloppuajattelu on itsessään hyvin vanha ja tiettyjä lainalaisuuksia noudattava perinne. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785828133, Hardcover)

 This hardcover book is an excellent historical resource, and a great gift for anyone with an interest in history. 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. Chapters include: The "First" Second Coming: Saints Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Paul Plagiarist Prophet: Nostradamus Historical Imperative: Karl Marx Man of Peace: Neville Chamberlain All Shook Up: Variety MagazineThis beautifully illustrated, full-color volume contains photographs and maps that bring each chapter to life, depicting the people and places responsible for some of the most infamous prophecies in human history. 

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A light hearted look at fifty of the grandest predictions the world has seen, and how they proved to be spectacularly wrong.

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