It Seemed Like A Good Idea...: A Compendium Of Great Historical Fiascoes by William R. ForstchenIt Seemed Like A Good Idea...: A Compendium Of Great Historical Fiascoes by William R. Forstchen

It Seemed Like A Good Idea...: A Compendium Of Great Historical Fiascoes

byWilliam R. Forstchen

Paperback | February 8, 2000

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Throughout the annals of history, the best of intentions—and sometimes the worst—have set in motion events with a vastly different outcome than originally intended. In this entertaining, fact-filled chronicle, William Forstchen and Bill Fawcett explore the watersheds of history that began as the best of ideas and ended as the worst of fiascoes.

A Holy War—The Medieval Crusades for religious liberation become centuries of slaughter and destruction.

Sibling Rivalry—Leif Erikson spares his sister's life and delays the discovery of the New World for five hundred years.

Big Guns—Emperor Constantine XI refuses to buy a new supercannon that would let him dominate his enemies, so its creator sells the cannon to the Turks, who then crush Constantinople.

With casual wit and subtle insight, It Seemed Like a Good Idea...tucks tongue in cheek and rides out the fiascoes of history.

Throughout the annals of history, the best of intentions—and sometimes the worst—have set in motion events with a vastly different outcome than originally intended. In this entertaining, fact-filled chronicle, William Forstchen and Bill Fawcett explore the watersheds of history that began as the best of ideas and ended as the worst of ...
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Title:It Seemed Like A Good Idea...: A Compendium Of Great Historical FiascoesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.73 inPublished:February 8, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380807718

ISBN - 13:9780380807710

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maybe a good ide? Not a bad little book with some very interesting stories. Some that I already knew about and a few that I did not know the full story. In all an interesting read that I can recommended.
Date published: 2015-04-01

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Ever wonder how such dreadful things afflict the populations of countries and continents around the world? Editors William R. Forstchen and Bill Fawcett propose possible answers to at least part of the question in the witty and slyly observational book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea...A Compendium of Great Historical Fiascoes. This fascinating fact-filled journey through history chronicles the great calamities and tragedies in history that resulted from the bad decisions made by history`s great - and not so great - leaders. What this book reveals will stun you, amaze you and outright boggle the mind!