100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world.

From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences.

This engrossing book looks at one hundred such tipping points. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into bankruptcy. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open arms. Mexico invites the Americans to Texas-and the Americans never leave.

And the rest is history...
 

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Interesting, introduced me to some new battles I wasn't aware of, but HUGE problems. - Not well written - very elementary, yet awkward+confusing grammar at times - Gave way too much emphasis on single ... Read full review

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Contents

DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT
IMPATIENCE
TUNNEL VISION
and 46 NOT LEARNING FROM HISTORY
EGO OVER SURVIVAL
PUTTING THE WRONG MAN IN THE WRONG PLACE
INVITING IN THE ANGLOS
DO NOTHING

LACK OF PLANNING
SPLIT COMMAND
PRIDE
PERSONAL AMBITION
PLAYING TO THE ENEMYS STRENGTHS
NO GOING BACK
GOTTA KNOW THE TERRITORY
THE HIGH COST OF THE EASIEST
AND DENARII FOOLISH
OVERCONFIDENCE
TAKING THE EASY
FIGHT YOUR OWN WARS
NOTSOFREEFIRE ZONE
HIRING OUT HOME DEFENSE
BLIND OBEDIENCE
BAD PRIORITY
FOOLISH PROMISE
RUSH INTO BATTLE
SELFINTEREST
SHORTSIGHTED
PRIDE
SUPERSTITION
STUBBORN PRIDE
FEAR OF SUCCESS
FALSE SAVINGS
SOME MISTAKES HAVE TURNED OUT WELL
OFF COURSE
BROKE THE RULES ONCE TOO OFTEN
SUPERSTITION
JUST INCREDIBLY BAD JUDGMENT
DEADEND SCIENCE
ALL COURAGE AND NO PLAN
POOR PRIORITIES
FINANCED HIS OWN WORST NIGHTMARE
STUBBORN
TECH FAILURE AND PANIC
GETTING CARRIED AWAY COSTS THE
OVERCONFIDENCE
RACIAL BIGOTRY
AIDING THE ENEMY
EVERYONE LOSES
ONE WRONG TURN
TOO SUCCESSFUL A DEVIOUS PLAN
THINKING SHORT TERM
RIGHTEOUSNESS OVER REALITY
MEANINGLESS GESTURE
POLITICAL SCIENCE
AIDING THE ENEMY
A SLOB SAVES LIVES
DOING NOTHING
BAD BUSINESS
TASTY MISTAKE
FAILURE TO
DEALING WITH THE DEVIL
HALFWAY RIGHT
STOPPING SHORT OF VICTORY
RENAISSANCE
BLINDED BY REVENGE
NOT PREPARED
IGNORING A WARNING
SELFDEFEATING VICTORY
SHORTRANGE THINKING
NOT LEARNING FROM HISTORY
OBEYING ORDERS TO A FAULT
NO RETREAT
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
OPINION OVER REALITY
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