* The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, having the American colonies pay for their own defense—which instead starts a revolution.
* In 1929, President Herbert Hoover decides to let the economy fix itself…and the Great Depression gets greater.
* Nixon tapes everything he says in the Oval Office, believing it will all be of great historical value. He turns out to be right when those same tapes cost him his presidency.
* Charles the First cuts a deal with the Irish to fight Parliament that instead loses him public support—and later his head.
Along with 100 Mistakes that Changed the World, Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing proves once again that when global leaders drop the ball, the whole world shakes. With a hundred more bombshell blunders—from Pickett’s Charge to the Lewinski scandal—this compendium takes a fascinating look at some of history’s greatest turns for the worse.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Okay, the title looked interesting, but once you really got into Fawcett's book, you discover he's either no historian, someone slipped in some disinformation, or his editors were asleep at the job. The book is fairly good, and informative, until he gets to U. S. history; then the mistakes happen. For example, he states that the American Civil war was 5 years (it was only 4); he states that Major Robert Anderson was the Confederate who seized Fort Sumpter (Anderson was a Union officer); he states that slavery was an issue through the first half of the twentieth century (slavery officially ended with the 13th Amendment in 1865). There were others, and there may have been more. I stopped reading when he got to the late 1870s and I was doubting the validity of much of what he was saying. If I could give this a "no star" rating, I would.