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

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Osprey Publishing (first published 2009)
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jordan
Mar 08, 2010 jordan rated it really liked it

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
Apr 04, 2012 S.A. Bolich rated it liked it
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 ...more
Martin Samuels
Jun 10, 2016 Martin Samuels rated it liked it
A journey, at times amusing, at times shocking, at times just plain weird, through many centuries of those things we all know about war, but which turn out to be wrong. An excellent bedside book, or for the smallest room in the house.

Probably too much to ask, but I found it frustrating at times that, while debunking many myths and stating that the traditional sources were wrong, Greame Donald gives few sources of his own, making it difficult to check or follow up his claims.
Kate
Jul 11, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
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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