288 pages, 8.01 × 6.03 × 0.76 in
June 12, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1402293917
ISBN - 13: 9781402293917
From the Publisher
What were they thinking?
Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas.
From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical-and often hysterical-missteps that have startedwars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, and even endangered the Earth.
- How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I
- Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in Hollywood history
- How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco
- The toad that nearly ate Australia
- The most dangerouschildren's game ever invented
- And so much more (of so much less!)
Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology, and more, this irreverent and witty book is packed with fun photos and sidebars, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts-and the astonishing impacts our faux pas and foibles still have on us today.
About the Author
Michael N. Smith, as owner of his own advertising production company, has written and produced hundreds of humorous (and not-so-humorous) TV commercials, radio spots and corporate videos over the past 25 years, for a gaggle of clients across our great land. His work has garnered numerous honors, including CLIO, ADDY, EFFIE, New York Art Directors and TELLY awards. He also created the popular cult comic book character "Pete the P.O.'d Postal Worker," as well asa children's book parody by the same name. He's penned features for National Lampoon, Men's Exercise, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, Buffalo News, St. Petersburg Times and San Antonio Express News. Mike kids history, but always with love. He lives with his wife, Debora, and son, Andrew, in California. Eric Kasum wrote speeches for former President George H.W. Bush, as well as President Ronald Reagan's White House Chief of Staff and former Attorney General, Edwin Meese. As a journalist, he wrote for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times magazine group, and CBS News. Eric also wrote for a respected think tank in Washington, D.C. He is founder and CEO of the Imagine Institute, a think tank for Peace, and host of the Imagine Peace Conference at UC Berkeley. His workhas appeared in The Huffington Post as well as more than 100 newspapers and magazines around the world. He lives in California.