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It Seemed Like a Good Idea...: A Compendium Of Great Historical Fiascoe

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Throughout the annals of history, the best of intentions—and sometimes the worst—have set in motion events with a vastly different outcome than originally intended. In this entertaining, fact-filled chronicle, William Forstchen and Bill Fawcett explore the watersheds of history that began as the best of ideas and ended as the worst of fiascoes.

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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 1st 2000)
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Ness Greenough
After reading the essay on the Vikings trying to settle Nova Scotia and being able to stand in Nova Scotia today and see cloud formations caused by Greenland's topography, I lost a lot of faith in everything else in this book. The author was obviously referring to present-day Newfoundland, not Nova Scotia. This is a pretty easy fact to check and is an embarrassing mistake to make. Most Canadian schoolchildren could probably tell you which province the Vikings landed in. Oh, and there is a herita ...more
Kirsti
Mar 09, 2008 Kirsti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Essays about historical blunders. Most are about obvious subjects (Cannae, the Spanish Armada, the Kennedy assassination) and are loaded with typos and grammatical errors. Also, no information is sourced, and there is no bibliography.

I did enjoy Jody Lynn Nye's essay "Snow Job: How Not to Get Elected in Chicago," about government shenanigans around the time of the Blizzard of '78. As for the rest of the book, it seemed like a good idea (har har) but was executed poorly.
Jonathan
It Seemed Like a Good Idea provides an enjoyable enough read, giving a brief overview of some of the more disastrous events throughout history. However, since each event is covered in so few words, there is a lack of concrete and specific details. More for fun than actual history, It Seemed Like a Good Idea is fine enough for a quick read, but doesn't provide much in substance.
Bjoern
Jul 13, 2011 Bjoern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice mixture of small and major mishaps in the fields of politics, military strategy and others which inevitably turned out not as the one person starting it had intended.

Over all an amusing array of failure, even if not every story does manage to hold up to the same standard. I did even get some new detailss to know about history while enjoying the read... much.
Rod
Nov 07, 2011 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much as the title suggests; when I bought it........
Interesting stories but very short with no footnotes or bibliography to back up their facts and interpretation. Left me questioning the veracity of their conclusions.
Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing look at history in terms of failures - mostly military, but not completely. Somewhat America/Euro-centric, but most general interest history books in this country are.

Possibly a good resource in a high school AP History class, but needs bibliography/footnotes.
Allison
it was ok--more general essays. A bit dissapointing, the book didn't really fit the title. I didn't get what I was expecting out of the work.
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William R. Forstchen (born 1950) is an American author who began publishing in 1983 with the novel Ice Prophet. He is a Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University with specializations in Military History, the American Civil War and the History of Technology.

Forstchen is the author of more than forty boo
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