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Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn Paperback – March 12, 2013
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An engrossing and fact-filled compendium of timeless lessons we keep forgetting—over and over and over . . .
It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And so we have. Time and again humankind has overcome great turmoil only to ignore hard-earned wisdom at the very worst moment. Borrowing more from Groundhog Day than D-day, Bill Fawcett illuminates some of the predicaments, both infamous and obscure, that have vexed us for centuries—and just may explain many of today's global conflicts. Through fourteen chapters, Doomed to Repeat is chock-full of trivia, historical oddities, and fascinating insights into our most popular mistakes.
- What really stops terrorists
- How inflation and recession helped set the stage for the Nazis to take power
- What really ended the Great Depression and whether it could work today
- What history predicts for the final results of the Arab Spring
- Swine flu, bird flu, and the chances of another worldwide plague
About the Author
Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.
Top Customer Reviews
I have read a number of this author's books. I found them to be quite entertaining, especially due to his priceless tongue-in-cheek prose complemented by a careful choice of words to suit each situation. This made for pleasant light-hearted reading. This work, on the other hand, is serious - very serious - even scary at times. It is clear, accessible, lively and quite captivating. I believe that this book can be enjoyed by anyone; however, those with a special interest in history and economics will likely appreciate it the most.
However, the chapters that involve anything with economics are thin and not well represented with deep economic reasoning, but the author's base knowledge of simple economics. I would have liked to see more chapters like those on Afghanistan, Africa and Disease.
The last chapter, comparing America and the Roman Empire, should be it's own book, with each argument being a chapter with detailed supporting evidence.
For Afghanistan alone, this is a good read.
BTW for the author... it was Tesla not Edison that lit the Chicago World's Fair.
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I agree with the authors basic thrust:
"But perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from history is that short-term solutions and quick profits come at a... Read more
A good book but there is nothing new here for anyone expecting any revelations. A fun read for a high school student or a refreshing one for an Historian.Published on March 13, 2014 by Skip Gibson