The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: and 44 other forgotten figures in history

The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: and 44 other forgotten figures in history

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by Graeme Donald
     
 

We have all heard about the great generals of military history, and those whose heroic deeds changed the course of a war. But what about those, no less significant, behind the front line?

This book reveals the stories of 75 of military history's little-known game-changers, including:

• Thomas Boston Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth

Overview

We have all heard about the great generals of military history, and those whose heroic deeds changed the course of a war. But what about those, no less significant, behind the front line?

This book reveals the stories of 75 of military history's little-known game-changers, including:

• Thomas Boston Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth

• Herman Hollerith, who devised the punchcard system used to keep track of prisoners sent to the concentration camps

• Hitler's personal pilot, Hanna Reitsch

• Major John D Barry, the Confederate who mistakenly shot General Stonewall Jackson

• Lee Duncan, the American serviceman who rescued a puppy from the German trenches of World War I and took him back to America, where he became famous as Rin Tin Tin

• Lt Col Franz von Hurrach, who supplied the car for Ferdinand at Sarajevo and, from the running boards, gave such confusing directions to the driver that he sent him up the wrong street and straight into the arms of the waiting assassin.

This entertaining book provides an offbeat and engaging insight on the annals of war and reveals new aspects to the history we think we know.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Graeme deftly mixes those deserving of recognition with those who are overrated, painting a picture of past events that is at once more fascinating, more human, and a bit less familiar. The details are rich, the stories compelling, and the characters larger than life. It's when you start digging into the real minutiae that history comes alive, and Graeme's book delivers in spades, adding vividness and personality to strange and influential moments in time.” —Glenn Dallas, Sacramento Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849081702
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Series:
General Military Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Graeme Donald has written and broadcast on the origins of words, nursery rhymes, superstitions and popular misconceptions for many years. His most recent book is Loose Cannons (Osprey, 2009). For the ten years that Today newspaper was on the stands he wrote a daily column exploring such material and also wrote for The Mirror and The Age in Melbourne. He devised and set the questions for Back to Square One, a word-origins based panel game which ran for eight series on Radio 2 and World Service. He has also guested on countless radio and television shows, either to explain words and customs at special times - Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. - or simply to field listeners' or viewers' question.

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The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: and 44 other forgotten figures in history 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DRWWA More than 1 year ago
What a lame piece of garbage... silly unsubstantiated factoids that are at best poorly researched, at worst completely made up. The author even distorts well known historical facts ... Graeme Donald and Osprey Publishing are both at the top of my ignore list.