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  • Railway Architectureby Bill Fawcett

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 7.95

    A guide to the architecture that gives British railways their identity, from stations to signal boxes. Roots of Britain's railways lie in the wooden-railed colliery wagonways of around 1600, but it was almost 1830 before specific railway architecture became needed. This evolved rapidly down to 1850, and for some time afterwards Britain led the world... more...

  • You Did What?by Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    History has never been more fun than it is in this fact-filled compendium of historical fiascoes and embarrassingly bad ideas. Throughout history, the rich and powerful, and even just the dim-witted, have made horrifically bad decisions that have had resounding effects on our world. From kings to corporate leaders, from captains to presidents, no... more...

  • You Said What?by Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    A fascinating, fun, and fact-filled compendium of the greatest lies, deceptions, propaganda, and frauds ever perpetrated Throughout history?from the dawn of man to the War on Terror?governments, corporations, historians, and high-level braggarts of every stripe have freely engaged in the time-honored pastime of lying for fun and profit. You Said... more...

  • Oval Office Odditiesby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect a leader?a personage of unimpeachable sobriety and moral standing who will serve as a paragon for the rest of us. But truth be told, presidents and their families are people too?with quirks and character flaws like everyone else . . . and plenty of skeletons rattling around in their closets. Oval... more...

  • Hunters & Shootersby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2008; US$ 12.99

    The U.S. Navy SEALs have long been considered among the finest, most courageous, and professional soldiers in American military history?an elite fighting force trained as parachutists, frogmen, demolition experts, and guerrilla warriors ready for sea, air, and land combat. Born out of a proud naval tradition dating back to World War II, the first... more...

  • How to Lose a Battleby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    A remarkable compendium of the worst military decisions and the men who made them The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders. These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure their army's defeat. Whether it was a lack of proper planning, miscalculation, ego, bad luck, or just plain stupidity, certain wartime stratagems... more...

  • It Looked Good on Paperby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    A remarkable compendium of wild schemes, mad plans, crazy inventions, and truly glorious disasters Every phenomenally bad idea seemed like a good idea to someone. How else can you explain the Ford Edsel or the sword pistol?absolutely absurd creations that should have never made it off the drawing board? It Looked Good on Paper gathers together... more...

  • How to Lose a Warby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders?whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations,... more...

  • How to Lose WWIIby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    How to Lose WWII is an engrossing, fact-filled collection from Bill Fawcett that sheds light on the biggest, and dumbest, screw-ups of the Great War. In the vein of his other phenomenal compendiums of amazing battlefield blunders, How to Lose a Battle and How to Lose a War, Fawcett focuses on some amazing catastrophic missteps of Axis and... more...

  • 100 Mistakes that Changed Historyby Bill Fawcett

    Penguin Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    Collected in one volume, here are backfires and blunders that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and altered the course of the world. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile Crisis, history is filled with bad moves and not-so-bright ideas that snowballed into disasters and unintended consequences. This engrossing book looks at one hundred... more...