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

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - History - 253 pages
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Hilarious, fascinating, and a roller coaster of dizzying, historical what-ifs, Napoleonís Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs. In one of Phil Masonís many revelations, youíll 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. Youíll discover that before the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleonís painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. Youíll 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. Interestingly, Charlton Heston was cast as Moses in The Ten Commandments because his broken nose made him look like Michelangeloís famous sculpture of Moses. Finally, no one knows Einsteinís last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.

A treasure trove filled with fascinating anecdotes about the tiny ripples that created big waves in history, Napoleonís 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.

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

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

User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

I wanted more narrative and longer stories. Instead it's a bunch of one paragraph stories. Reminds me of a joke book. It's a book but not really a book. Read full review

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Detours on the March of History
Politics Fates and Fortunes
Historys Tricks Accidents Illnesses and Assassinations
The Fog of War
Science Inspiration Invention and Intrigue
Chance Beginnings
Artistic Strokes of Luck
Unlucky Sport
Crime Missed Demeanours
Business Enterprise and Intuition

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About the author (2009)

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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