Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History by Phil MasonNapoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History by Phil Mason

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History

byPhil Mason

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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What were Albert Einstein’s last words? What was Hitler’s real name? What famous artist was mistakenly thought to be stillborn? What sport did Fidel Castro almost play professionally in America? These questions and more are answered in Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids, a roller coaster of historical information. Napoleon’s painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. Hitler’s father’s name was actually Shicklgruber, but when his mother remarried, he took his stepfather’s name—Hitler. Fidel Castro almost became a baseball player. Picasso was stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigar smoke in his face. And...no one actually knows Einstein’s last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.
Phil Mason has amassed one of the world's largest private collections of cuttings and books chronicling bizarre stories. He is the author of Mission Accomplished!, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids, and How George Washington Fleeced the Nation. He lives in England.
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Title:Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 5.6 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1616081325

ISBN - 13:9781616081324

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Collection of Historical Trivia This book comprises a series of historical snippets varying in length from a couple of lines to, occasionally, more than a page. These are divided into ten chapters, each focussing on a particular theme, e.g., politics, war, science (mostly inventions), arts, crimes, sports (much on cricket and British football), etc. The incidents discussed span the period from about the twelfth century A.D. to the present. Although several parts of the world are involved, the events are more heavily weighted on British history. In a book such as this, it is inevitable that a given reader would find the descriptions of some events of much more interest than others; this was certainly my case. But overall, the book makes for interesting reading. The writing style is generally lively, entertaining, engaging and occasionally humorous. However, a reader not familiar with British culture and politics may find some events less appealing and perhaps even a bit obscure. This book can be enjoyed by anyone, but it should be of particular interest to history buffs with a love of trivia.
Date published: 2011-02-16

Editorial Reviews

"Mason writes well, and readers looking for pithy historical trivia to share

with friends will be satisfied."