You Did What?: Mad Plans And Great Historical Disasters

Paperback | August 17, 2004

byBill Fawcett

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History has never been more fun than it is in this fact-filled compendium of historical fiascoes and embarrassingly bad ideas.

Throughout history, the rich and powerful, and even just the dim-witted, have made horrifically bad decisions that have had resounding effects on our world. From kings to corporate leaders, from captains to presidents, no one is immune to bad decisions and their lasting legacy. The fiascoes that litter our history are innumerable ... and fascinating in their foolishness. This witty collection of historical mayhem chronicles unwise decisions from ancient Greece to modern-day Hollywood and everything in between. Learn such lessons as:

  • Never trust Greeks bearing gifts of large wooden horses.
  • Avoid building elementary schools on toxic waste dumps, even those with sweet monikers like Love Canal.
  • Rabbits multiply like rabbits Down Under.
  • Even if you use brightly colored paint on the boats, it's quite easy to misplace an entire country's navy.

With more than forty-five chapters of mind-boggling flubs and follies, fans of history, trivia, and those who just want a good laugh will adore this intriguing and fun read.

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History has never been more fun than it is in this fact-filled compendium of historical fiascoes and embarrassingly bad ideas.Throughout history, the rich and powerful, and even just the dim-witted, have made horrifically bad decisions that have had resounding effects on our world. From kings to corporate leaders, from captains to pres...

History has never been more fun than it is in this fact-filled compendium of historical fiascoes and embarrassingly bad ideas.Throughout history, the rich and powerful, and even just the dim-witted, have made horrifically bad decisions that have had resounding effects on our world. From kings to corporate leaders, from captains to pres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.69 inPublished:August 17, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060532505

ISBN - 13:9780060532505

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Facts? Not a bad book, I enjoyed reading this collection of odd facts and various weird schemes. I knew one or two but not all, a book that I would recommend to all who like this sort of thing.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yikes! This is history for the MTV generation. Most of the stories included were contained within 3 to 5 pages of text. Frankly, just as you were getting interested, it was over. Most of the stories weren't new or inspiring. The story about the stars that quit their shows for something bigger, as so maudlin and boring that I felt cheated after reading. Why would anyone include a 6 page synopsis of the Watergate scandal when that subject has been done better and done often. I felt after this book like I do when I have done fast food, It was done too fast, not enough nutrition overall and I have cheated myself.
Date published: 2005-05-29