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

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081324
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 320,341
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Detours on the March of History 1

2 Politics - Fates and Fortunes 19

3 History's Tricks - Accidents, Illnesses and Assassinations 48

4 The Fog of War 70

5 Science - Inspiration, Invention and Intrigue 117

6 Chance Beginnings 149

7 Artistic Strokes (of Luck) 159

8 'Unlucky, Sport!' 188

9 Crime - Missed Demeanours 212

10 Business - Enterprise and Intuition 224

Index 239

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    WHY IS THE NOOK BOOK MORE THAN THE PAPERBACK???

    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!!

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    Agreed

    Agree with above...try looking up catcher in the rye...

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