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Loose Cannons: 101 Myths, Mishaps and Misadventurers of Military History

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From the author of Sticklers, Sideburns, and Bikinis comes this funny, often irreverent look at two thousand years of lies, inaccuracies, propaganda, deceit, downright foolishness, and little-known facts from the ars militaria.

On Hitler:
"[No one] ever produced 'proof' of Hitler having won the Iron Cross, Second Class without which the First Class could not be awarded. He w
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jordan

4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and occasionally enlightening, March 8, 2010
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Frequently amusing, often silly, and on occasion interesting, Graeme Donald's "Loose Cannons: Myths, Mishaps, and Misadventures of Military History" offers a distracting romp through a series of historical myths relating to military history. A few, such as the "mass delusion" of the existence of Tokyo Rose - there was no such
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
More like 2.5. This contained some neat info. The author is, um, idiosyncratic with, his comma usage though. And I spotted several errors of the kind that a human should have caught butt spell check won't. (Yes, there are two deliberate errors in this paragraph. I guess I'm just in that kind of mood.)

Anyway, I felt like there are a couple urban legends debunked here that are more current in Britain than America. And also, his entry on Lincoln and the American Civil War made me scratch my head. N
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S.A. Bolich
I liked this book rather a lot. It was funny and enlightening, but on occasion the author's determination to be funny in his presentation was a little over the top. I did laugh out loud more than once, though, and I learned a bit. There is nothing more fascinating than history and the nuggets buried within it. He has unearthed dozens that everyone accepts unquestioningly as truth and dusted off the grime to reveal--something entirely different. The section on improbable weapons at the end is esp ...more
Kate
Probably a decent book but I just don't care enough about the topic to read past the first 30 pages.
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