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

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

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by Phil Mason
     
 

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What were Albert Einstein’s last words? What was Hitler’s real name? What famous artist was mistakenly thought to be stillborn? What sport did Fidel Castro almost play professionally in America? These questions and more are answered in Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids, a roller coaster of historical information. Napoleon’s painful hemorrhoids…  See more details below

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What were Albert Einstein’s last words? What was Hitler’s real name? What famous artist was mistakenly thought to be stillborn? What sport did Fidel Castro almost play professionally in America? These questions and more are answered in Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids, a roller coaster of historical information. Napoleon’s painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. Hitler’s father’s name was actually Shicklgruber, but when his mother remarried, he took his stepfather’s name—Hitler. Fidel Castro almost became a baseball player. Picasso was stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigar smoke in his face. And...no one actually knows Einstein’s last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this collection of historical anecdotes, author Mason illustrates how the smallest details can have far-reaching historical consequences-or at least that seems to be the idea; in execution, there is no commentary, causal connection or even source identification that legitimizes any of Mason's information (he's known as a massive collector of "cuttings and books chronicling the weird and the strange"), so while many stories are funny or remarkable, they're little better than gossip. Despite a repetitive format, Mason writes well, and readers looking for pithy historical trivia to share with friends will be satisfied. Aimed at a U.K. audience, Mason tends toward topics like British royalty and the nuances of cricket, but there's enough conversational ammunition here for a cocktail party on either side of the Atlantic.
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The Spectator
“I started turning pages and couldn’t stop.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616081324
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
440,700
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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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Napoleon's Hemorrhoids 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good "bathroom reader" with short and interesting factoids.
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SouthernMama More than 1 year ago
WHY IS THE NOOK BOOK MORE THAN THE PAPERBACK??? This defeats the purpose of even having a Nook reader, the digital version costs more than a physical copy!! Ridiculous!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree with above...try looking up catcher in the rye...