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The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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About the Author
Rick Beyer is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told book series, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been seen on The History Channel, A&E, and National Geographic Channel. He is also an accomplished speaker who inspires and entertains audiences around the country. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
Now when I first heard the title of his new book, I was a bit hesitant. I am so not into military history I thought, so I only got a few copies to give away. BUT...then I started reading.. One, the book is perfect for when you only have a few minutes at a time to read a couple of pages. AND THEN these are tidbit of tales that do astonish and stupefy. I certainly might not have heard of the female Lawrence of Arabia, or that Santa Anna of the Alamo story had something to do with the invention of chewing gum. And now I need to order more copies including another one for me, as my friend took mine away when she started reading it in the car.
I could go on, there are a hundred tales here, but you should be able to get the idea. One thing though, like with peanuts, after you read one, you're unlikely to be able to put the book down.
Now about those one-star reviews.
Yes, it's a bathroom reader and there's nothing wrong with that. The entries are each a quick read on the left page with ancillary points of interest on the right. The fact that many of these points may be known to history snobs (see one star ratings) doesn't mean that they're known to all or a great reminder of events perhaps forgotten. To rate it one star because you're a know-it-all? Yeesh. How about at least giving credit to the writing and presentation.
I'm reminded of a quote" “To be with people who see without perceiving, hear without listening, talk without thinking, listen without clapping, often copy, seldom praise, and never admire, has an effect upon me that is almost physical.” ( Margot Asquith, Lay Sermons, 1927)
Very accessible and lively.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this as a gift for my brother and ended up reading it myself before gifting it. Very interesting and hard to put down!Published 7 months ago by Emily L.
Hard to put down. Great reading. Things from the past that I never heard of. Looking for more.Published 9 months ago by Howard Birdwell