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

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Skyhorse #ad - They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak. You’ll discover that before the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon’s painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. Hilarious, and a roller coaster of dizzying, fascinating, historical what-ifs, Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs.

You’ll learn that an irate blacksmith threw his hammer at a fox and missed, hitting a rock and revealing the largest vein of silver ever discovered, thus changing the finances of Canada forever. A treasure trove filled with fascinating anecdotes about the tiny ripples that created big waves in history, Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids is much more than just a trivial fact book; it is an astonishing historical-fate book revealing how our most famous incidents, best-loved works of art, and most accepted historical outcomes are simply twists of fate.

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History #ad - Finally, no one knows Einstein’s last words. In one of phil mason’s many revelations, you’ll learn that Communist jets were two minutes away from opening fire on American planes during the Cuban missile crisis, when they had to turn back as they were running out of fuel. Interestingly, charlton heston was cast as Moses in The Ten Commandments because his broken nose made him look like Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of Moses.

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The Best of American Heritage: Roosevelt

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - The Best of American Heritage: Roosevelt #ad - Franklin delano roosevelt led the united States through two of the most critical periods in our history - the Great Depression and World War II. And in those twelve years, he did more than any president except Abraham Lincoln to change America. Here, some of the country's greatest historians - james macgregor burns, his relationships with winston churchill and Joseph Stalin, John Lukacs, John Kenneth Galbraith, his love of Hyde Park, Richard Ketchum, Allan Nevins, Joe Persico, William vanden Heuvel, and Geoffrey Ward - bring FDR vividly to life, assessing his place in history and exploring his marriage to Eleanor, Thomas Fleming, his struggle with polio, and his complicated final days.

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I Wish I'd Been There Vintage

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Anchor #ad - With imagination, and vivid detail, insight, I Wish I’d Been There is an engaging tour through key events in American history. I wish i’d been there brings together twenty of our most distinguished historians’ responses to the question “What scene or incident in American history would you most liked to have witnessed—and why?” The answers illuminate crucial moments in our past and give readers a front-row seat at some of American history’s most dramatic events.

I Wish I'd Been There Vintage #ad - The salem witch trials, including mary beth norton, and william leuchtenburg, carol berkin, the raid on harper’s Ferry, the voting rights march on Selma, Carolyn Gilman, Jay Winik, Joseph Ellis, Robert Dallek, the beginnings of the Vietnam War—all of these and more are vividly recreated here by a stellar list of contributors, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Cowley, Geoffrey Ward, among other luminaries of the profession.

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1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John A Very, Very Short History of England

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Skyhorse #ad - This, coupled with unpopular fiscal policies and treatment of nobles back home, led to conflict upon his return from battle. After a brief peace with phillip ii of France, war broke out again in 1202 and King John lost most of his holdings on the continent. 1215 is one of the most famous dates in english history, since it marks the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the English barons, and with good reason, which altered the entire course of English and world history.

John lackland was born to king henry ii and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitane in December, 1166; he was the youngest of five sons. He became king in 1199, though his reign was tumultuous and short. However, he unexpectedly became the favored heir to his father after a failed rebellion by his older brothers in 1173.

1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John A Very, Very Short History of England #ad - But both sides failed to uphold the agreements terms and conflict quickly resumed, leading to John’s untimely death a year later to dysentery. Pitched at newcomers to the subject, 1215 and all that will explain how King John’s rule and, his signing of the Magna Carta changed England—and the English—forever, in particular, introducing readers to the early days of medieval England.

Buffeted from all sides, king john was pushed in 1215 to sign along with his barons the Magna Carta, a precursor to constitutional governance. It is the third book in the acclaimed A Very, Very Short History of England series, which captures the major moments of English history with humor and bite.

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One-Night Stands with American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. And the best part is that they're all true! S. Edgar hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow. France shipped louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.

One-Night Stands with American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents #ad - H. Richard shenkman and kurt reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, secrets, inventions, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America. President U. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage. J. L. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, entertain, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, and inform you.

Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud. Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew.

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The Religions Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

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DK #ad - The religions book clearly and simply explains all of the important information about the world's major, religions, and many minor, in an easy-to-access format. Using easy-to-follow graphics and artworks, and thoroughly accessible text, succinct quotations, The Religions Book explores the beliefs that underpin religious traditions around the globe and how they developed.

The Religions Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained #ad - From primal beliefs to the world's great faiths and the continuing quest for spiritual meaning in our complex world, The Religions Book gets to the heart of what it means to believe in God and religion's place in society. The religions book includes:- a dedicated section for each of the world's five major faiths - islam, and new religions- Brief biographies and context boxes to give the full historical context of selected religionsThe clear and concise summaries, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism- Primal beliefs, graphics, ancient and classical mythology, Christianity, and quotations in The Religions Book will help even the complete novice understand the ideas behind faiths and the place of religion in the world.

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It Happened in the Revolutionary War: Stories of Events and People that Shaped American History It Happened In Series

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Globe Pequot #ad - It Happened in the Revolutionary War: Stories of Events and People that Shaped American History It Happened In Series #ad - And find out why the governor of Virginia shot a cannon at his own house. Relive the harrowing horseback journey of Betsy Dowdy, a sixteen-year-old who braved a 50-mile nighttime ride to warn the Patriots about British troop movements. From the never-ending controversy over the boston Massacre to the world’s first working sort of submarine, It Happened in the Revolutionary War looks at intriguing people and episodes that shaped the course of the war.

Meet banistre tarlton, a ruthless British commander who showed no mercy, earning him a reputation as the meanest man in America.

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The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

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St. Martin's Press #ad - One of washington independent review of books' 50 Favorite Books of 2018 • A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018"Morbidly witty. Marilyn stasio, the new york Times "You’ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained. Bustle, one of the 17 best nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018"A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip.

Aja raden, author of stonedin the Washington Post roundup, "What your favorite authors are reading this summer, " A. J. Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past, we don’t see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies; the lice feasting on private parts; and worms nesting in the intestines.

The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul #ad - Finn says, “i want to read the Royal Art of Poison, Eleanor Herman’s history of poisons. Hugely entertaining, a work of pop history that traces the use of poison as a political—and cosmetic—tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin todayThe story of poison is the story of power.

. Servants licked the royal family’s spoons, tried on their underpants and tested their chamber pots. Men rubbed turds on their bald spots. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy.

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The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects

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Mango Media #ad - Revealing fascinating new details on topics covered in the podcast, the book also explores many new subjects. Along the way, plagues, she demonstrates how the major events of history—from wars, and revolutions to historic achievements and discoveries—have influenced some of the world’s most pervasive inventions.

From food, and games to transit and modern technology, fashion, The Story Behind offers a closer look at the things closest to us. Many of us learn about the major inventions that shape our world. In the story behind, emily prokop, how, explores the who, creator of the Webby Award nominated podcast, and huh? of everything from Band-Aids to bubble gum; hypnosis to Hula Hoops; and lullabies to lead pipes.

The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects #ad - . Learn how lollipops got started in ancient Egypt, how Kevlar came to be, and why Comic Sans was created. But we too often overlook the objects we use every day. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and how some musical instruments were first developed for espionage. Learn the fascinating history and trivia behind the everyday items we take for granted—from the host of the popular podcast The Story Behind.

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The Phantom Flotilla: The most incredible true story in the history of the Royal Navy

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Endeavour Media #ad - Forester’s The African Queen. Praise for the phantom flotilla‘a wonderful adventure yarn made all the more absorbing because it really did happen’ - The Evening NewsPeter Shankland was a military historian whose books include Byron of the Wager, The Phantom Flotilla and Dardanelles Patrol, a story of the submarine operation against Turkey in World War I.

With the only completed railway lying in Germany territory, no Allied vessel could be brought against the gunboat. S. Consequently, no british or belgian forces could advance into German territory because the Germans could always land troops behind them to cut their lines of communication. A small allied force ventures into the unknown.

In 1915, germany dominated Central Africa with its naval control of Lake Tanganyika. The lake formed the boundary between German East Africa now Tanzania and the Belgian Congo. Breaking that hold was a military necessity and an incredibly difficult and dangerous task. Not only did the crew have to outwit the Germans, they also had to navigate 3, 000 miles of the world’s most hazardous terrain.

The Phantom Flotilla: The most incredible true story in the history of the Royal Navy #ad - For lieutenant-commander spicer-simson, the dilemma facing the Allied High Command was simply the chance for an incredible adventure: the sailor turned explorer. Thus began the most astounding voyage in naval history, as Spicer led an expedition of two motor-boats through hundreds of miles of bush and mountains to reach the lake, through a wilderness laid waste by sleeping-sickness and uncharted by roads or communications of any kind.

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They Laughed at Galileo: How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong

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Skyhorse #ad - Edward L. A humorous account of great inventors and their critics who predicted failure. They laughed at galileo takes a humorous and reflective look at one thousand years of the development of humankind: those who dreamt, those who opposed, those who taught, and those who, ultimately, did. At some point in modern history, each and every one of our inventions and discoveries was first envisioned and then developed by a single person, or a handful of people, who dreamt of the seemingly impossible.

For them, including the acknowledged experts of their days, the future was clear and obvious, but for the vast majority, such belief was sheer folly. For just about everything that has improved our modern lifestyles in a way that our ancestors could not possibly imagine, there was once a lone dreamer proclaiming, “It can be done.

They Laughed at Galileo: How the Great Inventors Proved Their Critics Wrong #ad - That dreamer was nearly always opposed by a team of “enlightened” contemporaries publicly declaring, “It cannot be done. Well, yes it could. Marconi’s wireless radio transmissions were initially deemed pointless. Ultimately, the innovators who brought these into existence provided invaluable contributions to science and the culture of humankind.

. Drake’s eventual success on august 27, 1859, was called the day “the crazy man first struck oil. Louis pasteur’s theory of germs was considered a “ridiculous fiction.

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