Napoleon's Hemorrhoids

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids

And Other Small Events That Changed History

Book - 2009
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What were Albert Einstein's last words? What was Hitler's real name? What famous artist was mistakenly thought to be stillborn? What sport did Fidel Castro almost play professionally in America? These questions and more are answered in Napoleon's Hemorrhoids, a roller coaster of historical information. Napoleon's painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. Hitler's father's name was actually Shicklgruber, but when his mother remarried, he took his stepfather's name-Hitler. Fidel Castro almost became a baseball player. Picasso was stillborn until his uncle revived him by blowing cigar smoke in his face. And...no one actually knows Einstein's last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2009.
ISBN: 9781602397644
1602397643
Branch Call Number: 909 MASON
Characteristics: xi, 253 p. ; 24 cm.

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bookfanatic1979 Jul 19, 2013

What a fascinating collection of history’s “might have beens” and “what ifs” and “almost didn’t happens.” I do think it’s better suited to quick dips here and there rather than trying to sit and read it all the way through. I found myself skipping through quite a few of the latter chapters until I found a name or event I recognized.

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mariod
Mar 24, 2011

a bathroom reader of historical trivia; entertaining.

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