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Title:
Bad days in history : a gleefully grim chronicle of misfortune, mayhem, and misery for every day of the year
Author:
Farquhar, Michael, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
Physical Description:
479 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Farquhar's ... entries draw from the full sweep of history to take readers through a complete year of misery, including tales of lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919)"--
Language:
English
Contents:
January -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December.
ISBN:
9781426212680
Format :
Book

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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).


Author Notes

Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor ata The Washington Post ,ais the bestselling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimeda Behind the Palace Doorsa anda Secret Lives of the Tsars , as well as the popular Penguin "Treasury" series-a A Treasury of Royal Scandals ,a A Treasury of Great American Scandals , aA Treasury of Deception, aanda A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten aAmericans . He lives in Washington, D.C.


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Library Journal Review

Farquhar (Behind the Palace Doors; Secret Lives of the Tsars; A Treasury of Royal Scandals) here provides a catalog of historical anecdotes in which the historical agents experienced very bad days indeed. The accounts-one per calendar day-range from ancient times to the present day, encompass the famous and the virtually unknown, come from all parts of life and from around the world (with a discernible focus on the United States), and span the triflingly humorous to the deadly serious. While pithy and at times witty, the approach is perhaps too sporadic and opinionated to be of much value as serious history. For some, however, these daily snippets may spark interests to be pursued elsewhere. Verdict The general reader could do much worse than this volume for a daily dose of entertainment, if for nothing else as a reminder that, as the author puts it in his introduction, "no matter how lousy your day has been, somewhere in time, someone else's was so much worse."-Mark Spencer, Brock Univ., St. Catharines, Ont. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.