Weird War: Curious Military Trivia

Weird War: Curious Military Trivia

by Alan Axelrod
     
 

[Weird War]

[9781435144231]

"We may like to think of history as the story of life in particular places and periods, but it is just as accurate to call it a story of violence.”

Introduction by Alan Axelrod

There is almost no human activity that has fascinated and intrigued people throughout the history of civilization more than war.

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[Weird War]

[9781435144231]

"We may like to think of history as the story of life in particular places and periods, but it is just as accurate to call it a story of violence.”

Introduction by Alan Axelrod

There is almost no human activity that has fascinated and intrigued people throughout the history of civilization more than war. Artists have explored it in works ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Saving Private Ryan, while literally thousands of scholarly books have studied different aspects of military history. But most of these studies of the bloody art of war have focused on great battles and famous leaders. War also has a stranger and lesser-known side, which may have had less impact on history but is no less intriguing.

Here, in Weird War, Alan Axelrod presents an extensive collection of military-themed curiosities, odd characters, strange myths, and fascinating trivia.

Among the stories collected here: 

  • Civil War casualties were miscounted twice, and are now thought to total over 750,000 dead—a 20 percent increase from original estimates.
  • The World War I superstition “three on a match” may have been fabricated by a match manufacturer … to sell more matches.
  • Elvis Presley’s U.S. Army induction was orchestrated by his manager to make him more appealing to the parents of American teenagers.
  • The Spartan army would arguably win the title for worst food: a “black broth” that consisted of pork, salt, vinegar, and a generous base of animal blood. No refrigeration or spices need apply.
Packed with little-known historical anecdotes, and organized into chapters on extraordinary people, military history from the grunt’s point of view, battle blunders, weapons, the home front, and statistics, Weird War will hold you captive until the very last fact.

About the author:

Alan Axelrod is the author of more than 100 books on history, military history, and leadership. He and his work have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fortune, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Inc.,Atlanta Business Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and many newspapers, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, New York Times, and USA Today. He lives with his wife, Anita, an artist, in Atlanta and in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

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“It is well that war is so terrible—we would grow too fond of it.”

General Robert E. Lee

 

The study of human history could be said to actually be a study of military history. There are few human traits, from vanity to greed to sheer stupidity that can’t be uncovered by studying war. However, many books tend to ignore the off-beat and stranger aspects of war, in order to focus on what is already well-known.

In Weird War, respected author Alan Axelrod presents a fascinating collection of curious facts and trivia about war. Axelrod explores such unusual subjects as:

• Most unlikely soldiers and spies

• Longest and shortest wars on record

• Oddest battle strategies and blunders

• Strangest weapons ever used

• Countries with the most violent histories

• Bloodiest wars ever fought

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435144859
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
227,096
File size:
17 MB
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