Doomed To Repeat: The Lessons Of History We've Failed To Learn

Paperback | March 12, 2013

byBill Fawcett

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“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle.

Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the problems we've faced repeatedly throughout history, including Islamic jihad, terrorism, military insurgencies, inflation and the devaluation of currency, financial disasters, ecological collapses, radical political minorities like the Nazis and Bolsheviks, and pandemics and epidemics like the Black Death.

With more than 35 chapters of the Groundhog Days of world history, both infamous and obscure, Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn is chock-full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world’s repeated mistakes.

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“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle.Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the problems we've faced repeatedly throughout his...

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An engrossing and fact-filled compendium of timeless lessons we keep forgetting—over and over and over . . .It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And so we have. Time and again humankind has overcome great turmoil only to ignore hard-earned wisdom at the very worst moment. Borrowing more from Grou...

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, includingYou Did What?,It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . .,How to Lose a Battle, andYou Said What?He lives in Illinois.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 12, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062069061

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oblivious to Hindsight In this interesting book, the author points out several situations where humans have failed to learn important lessons from history and, as a result, seem doomed to repeat some of the tragic errors that have occurred. The topics include Afghanistan (geography, politics, invasions), terrorism, language, socio-political issues in Africa, world plagues and a lot (over 50% of the book) on economics and finance. Although the chapters on this last topic each have a particular focus, each goes through a lot of the same material/events; consequently, there is a certain amount of repetition. However, I did not find that too distracting. I have read a number of this author’s books. I found them to be quite entertaining, especially due to his priceless tongue-in-cheek prose complemented by a careful choice of words to suit each situation. This made for pleasant light-hearted reading. This work, on the other hand, is serious – very serious – even scary at times. It is clear, accessible, lively and quite captivating. I believe that this book can be enjoyed by anyone; however, those with a special interest in history and economics will likely appreciate it the most.
Date published: 2013-05-14