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VOYAFrom Adam and Eve committing the original sin to South Asian governments skimping on ocean sensors that could have saved 50,000 lives during the December 2004 tsunami, this encyclopedia is an interesting and often humorous look at history's worst decisions. Weir's foolish decision hall of fame includes Hannibal causing an Avalanche that killed more than half of his army, Nero burning down his own city, Thomas Austin's imported rabbits leading to a huge rabbit infestation that destroyed millions of acres in Australia, NASA's missing hyphen that caused the Mariner Rocket to burn too soon, the Titanic, Agent Orange, Chernobyl, AIDS, Y2K, and Enron. The book informs and entertains its readers and is perfect for classroom discussions. At the beginning of each chapter, Weir lists which of the Seven Deadly Sins and Cardinal Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity are the motivations behind each dumb decision. He also lists the "main culprit," the "damage done," and "why" each idiotic decision was made. It is a wonderful browsing book with short chapters, quotes, and illustrations. A lengthy further readings section is broken down by chapter and includes reference books, periodicals, and Web sites. If the packaging looked less like a bland encyclopedia, teens might pick this one up on their own. Although geared toward an adult audience, the historical contents make it a perfect addition to either middle or high school classroom discussions. Unfortunately if librarians are not deliberate about remembering this book, it will probably get lost on the shelf. 2005, Barron's, 256p.; Illus. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to Adult.