Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: ...and Other Small Events That Changed History

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Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: ...and Other Small Events That Changed History

Format:  Paperback,

253 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9781616081324

ISBN-10: 1616081325

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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 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.A treasure trove filled with fascinating anecdotes about the tiny ripples that created big waves in history, Napoleon s Hemorrhoids is much more than just a trivial fact book; it is an astonishing historical-fate book revealing how our most famous incidents, best-loved works of art, and most accepted historical outcomes are simply twists of fate.

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Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9781616081324
ISBN-10: 1616081325
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 253
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.54
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introductionp. vii
Detours on the March of Historyp. 1
Politics - Fates and Fortunesp. 19
History's Tricks - Accidents, Illnesses and Assassinationsp. 48
The Fog of Warp. 70
Science - Inspiration, Invention and Intriguep. 117
Chance Beginningsp. 149
Artistic Strokes (of Luck)p. 159
'Unlucky, Sport!'p. 188
Crime - Missed Demeanoursp. 212
Business - Enterprise and Intuitionp. 224
Indexp. 239

Book description

What were Albert Einstein's last words? What was Hitler's real name? What famousartist was mistakenly thought to be stillborn? What sport did Fidel Castro almost play professionally in America? These questions and more are answeredin Napoleon's Hemorrhoids, a roller coaster of historical information. Napoleon'spainful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield.Hitler's father's name was actually Shicklgruber, but when his motherremarried, he took his stepfather's name--Hitler. Fidel Castro almost became abaseball player. Picasso was stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigarsmoke in his face. And... no one actually knows Einstein's last words. They werein German, a language his nurse did not speak.

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