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?Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.??George Santayana, philosopher and writer

History is a catalogue of errors, and History?s Worst Decisions shines a light on fifty of the biggest. Starting with Adam and Eve?s original blunder in eating the apple, author Stephen Weir takes you on a tour of catastrophes from antiquity to modern times. From the Trojan War to Gallipoli, from the Boston Tea Party to the Enron scandal, famous figures of ancient times such as Cleopatra and Nero rub ...

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Overview

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana, philosopher and writer

History is a catalogue of errors, and History’s Worst Decisions shines a light on fifty of the biggest. Starting with Adam and Eve’s original blunder in eating the apple, author Stephen Weir takes you on a tour of catastrophes from antiquity to modern times. From the Trojan War to Gallipoli, from the Boston Tea Party to the Enron scandal, famous figures of ancient times such as Cleopatra and Nero rub shoulders with more modern culprits like Churchill and Mugabe.

History’s Worst Decisions doesn’t just point the finger at individuals, the actions of governments and corporations are also scrutinized. While the motivations – often sinister, sometimes naïve – that led those responsible to commit their mistakes are unveiled, as is the lasting impact that their decisions have had on the world that we live in today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435111745
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrated Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of Cambridge University, Stephen Weir is a writer and publisher who has worked on three continents. He has worked with authors as diverse as the Australian novelist Patrick White, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the noted British military historian John Keegan, and the billionaire George Soros.
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  • Posted May 24, 2010

    A great history of the world

    This book claims to tell of history's worst decisions, and it's hard to argue with that pretense. However, after reading about the colossal blunders and the backstory surrounding each, I feel like my knowledge and understanding of world history has grown. I liked the chronological approach (starting with Adam and Eve) and have a special interest in the business mistakes, many of which were detailed in the final decades of this re-telling. Well-researched and accurate material mixed with Mr. Weir's sardonic wit made this book enjoyable and sometimes even humorous. I suppose it's human nature to find humor in other people's folly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    I finished reading this book for the sole purpose of writing a r

    I finished reading this book for the sole purpose of writing a review. This book is replete with factual errors; indeed,  listing the above with corrections would result in a much longer tome.  The selection of so-called "worst decisions" spans from the mythical to the trivial, with few real decisions in the mix.  Poorly written, barely researched, and seemingly political, Weir's latest nonsense richly deserves to be ignored.  The title aptly describes how I felt about purchasing it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    At Last: A Historical Collection of Untoward Events You Can't Put Down

    I consider "History's Worst Decisions" to be the finest expose of historical blunders available anywhere today. It is simply brilliant.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Fun and enlightening read

    A broad survey of history's worst decisions, this book is well written, has a good sense of humor, and has something new and interesting for almost any history buff. But it's also totally accessible to non-history geeks. Finally, I loved the way they attributed each poor decision to one or more fatal flaws...including the 7 deadly sins but also adding faith, charity, and other seemingly positive qualities to remind us that the road to hell can be paved with good intentions.

    Good stuff!

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Fun reading

    This is fun reading and a great way to stimulate the mind. You'll want to ask more questions and find answers. My husband enoys it since he can read a little at a time and not loose his train of thought as he would in a novel. Great for formal and informal discussion groups.

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    Posted May 16, 2010

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