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100 Mistakes That Changed History

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Table of Contents

 

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Introduction

 

Chapter 1 - AMBITION

Chapter 2 - AHEAD OF HIS TIME

Chapter 3 - SHORTSIGHTED

Chapter 4 - MISPLACED TRUST

5 and 6 - AMBITION AND SUPERSTITION

Chapter 7 - COWARDICE

Chapter 8 - LACK OF PLANNING

Chapter 9 - SPLIT COMMAND

Chapter 10 - PRIDE

Chapter 11 - PERSONAL AMBITION

Chapter 12 - PLAYING TO THE ENEMY’S STRENGTHS

Chapter 13 - NO GOING BACK

Chapter 14 - GOTTA KNOW THE TERRITORY

Chapter 15 - THE HIGH COST OF THE EASIEST WAY

Chapter 16 - ... AND DENARII FOOLISH

Chapter 17 - OVERCONFIDENCE

Chapter 18 - TAKING THE EASY WAY

Chapter 19 - FIGHT YOUR OWN WARS

Chapter 20 - NOT-SO-FREE-FIRE ZONE

Chapter 21 - HIRING OUT HOME DEFENSE

Chapter 22 - BLIND OBEDIENCE

Chapter 23 - BAD PRIORITY

Chapter 24 - FOOLISH PROMISE

Chapter 25 - RUSH INTO BATTLE

Chapter 26 - SELF-INTEREST

Chapter 27 - SHORTSIGHTED

Chapter 28 - PRIDE

Chapter 29 - SUPERSTITION

Chapter 30 - STUBBORN PRIDE

Chapter 31 - FEAR OF SUCCESS

Chapter 32 - FALSE SAVINGS

Chapter 33 - SOME MISTAKES HAVE TURNED OUT WELL

Chapter 34 - OFF COURSE

Chapter 35 - BROKE THE RULES ONCE TOO OFTEN

Chapter 36 - SUPERSTITION

Chapter 37 - JUST INCREDIBLY BAD JUDGMENT

Chapter 38 - DEAD-END SCIENCE

Chapter 39 - ALL COURAGE AND NO PLAN

Chapter 40 - POOR PRIORITIES

Chapter 41 - FINANCED HIS OWN WORST NIGHTMARE

Chapter 42 - DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT

Chapter 43 - IMPATIENCE

Chapter 44 - TUNNEL VISION

45 and 46 - NOT LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Chapter 47 - EGO OVER SURVIVAL

Chapter 48 - PUTTING THE WRONG MAN IN THE WRONG PLACE

Chapter 49 - INVITING IN THE ANGLOS

Chapter 50 - DO NOTHING

Chapter 51 - STUBBORN

Chapter 52 - TECH FAILURE AND PANIC

Chapter 53 - GETTING CARRIED AWAY COSTS THE WAR

Chapter 54 - OVERCONFIDENCE

Chapter 55 - RACIAL BIGOTRY

Chapter 56 - AIDING THE ENEMY

Chapter 57 - EVERYONE LOSES

Chapter 58 - ONE WRONG TURN

Chapter 59 - TOO SUCCESSFUL A DEVIOUS PLAN

Chapter 60 - THINKING SHORT TERM

Chapter 61 - RIGHTEOUSNESS OVER REALITY

Chapter 62 - MEANINGLESS GESTURE

Chapter 63 - POLITICAL SCIENCE

Chapter 64 - AIDING THE ENEMY

Chapter 65 - A SLOB SAVES LIVES

Chapter 66 - DOING NOTHING

Chapter 67 - BAD BUSINESS

Chapter 68 - TASTY MISTAKE

Chapter 69 - FAILURE TO ACT

Chapter 70 - DEALING WITH THE DEVIL

Chapter 71 - HALFWAY RIGHT

Chapter 72 - STOPPING SHORT OF VICTORY

Chapter 73 - RENAISSANCE MAN

Chapter 74 - BLINDED BY REVENGE

Chapter 75 - NOT PREPARED

Chapter 76 - IGNORING A WARNING

Chapter 77 - SELF-DEFEATING VICTORY

Chapter 78 - SHORT-RANGE THINKING

Chapter 79 - NOT LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Chapter 80 - OBEYING ORDERS TO A FAULT

Chapter 81 - NO RETREAT

Chapter 82 - TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Chapter 83 - OPINION OVER REALITY

Chapter 84 - THE HIGH PRICE OF RACISM

Chapter 85 - STUCK TO A BAD BARGAIN

Chapter 86 - MISQUOTED

Chapter 87 - EGO OVER WISDOM

Chapter 88 - DIRTY TRICK

Chapter 89 - MYTH OF THE DECISIVE BATTLE

Chapter 90 - MARKETING DISASTER

Chapter 91 - INDECISIVE LEADERSHIP

Chapter 92 - PUT UP WITH THIS MISTAKE

Chapter 93 - UNNEEDED RISK

Chapter 94 - INCOMPLETE RESEARCH

Chapter 95 - OPEN SAYS A ME

Chapter 96 - UNDERESTIMATING EVIL

Chapter 97 - STOPPING SHORT

Chapter 98 - BELIEVING THE WRONG PEOPLE

Chapter 99 - DESIGNED TO FAIL

Chapter 100 - THOSE WHO DO NOT STUDY HISTORY

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

 

Fawcett, Bill. 100 mistakes that changed history : backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of our world / Bill Fawcett.

p. cm.

eISBN : 978-1-101-44367-5

1. History—Miscellanea. 2. History—Errors, inventions, etc. I. Title. II. Title: One hundred mistakes that changed history. D10.F—dc22 2010028546

 

 

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Thanks to researchers Mari Hillburn and Karen deWinter. And special thanks to Tom Colgan for actually letting me have the fun of writing this book.

 

But the real dedication has to be to the millions of men, women, children, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and even animals that paid such a high price for the mistakes of others from the beginnings of recorded history. And maybe an apology to those who will come after for the mistakes being made now that they someday will have to pay for.

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