184th out of 222 books — 302 voters
The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
by Rick Beyer (Goodreads Author)
Search the annals of military history and you will discover no end of quirky characters and surprising true stories: The topless dancer who saved the Byzantine Empire. The World War I battle that was halted so a soccer game could be played. The scientist who invented a pigeon-guided missile in 1943. And don't forget the elderly pig whose death triggered an international cr...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harper
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This was a perfect book for me. I enjoy history, but my attention span isn't long enough for most history books. Simplify, people! So this was great because each story was just a few paragraphs long. I read the book in practically one sitting. I had heard a couple of the stories, but most of them were new to me. History is fascinating. I'm grateful for people who dig up the cool stuff. :)
Another interesting collection of random facts from history. This is the kind of thing that made me interested in history to begin with. Though these stories are mostly related to war, the reader doesn't have to be a war buff to appreciate them. Highly recommended for teachers, casual readers and lovers of random facts.
This is my favorite of the Beyer "Stories Never Told" series so far. I felt there was a better balance throughout history (though I would have loved to read more Middle East stories). The only question remains: when will Beyer write about the greatest women's stories, animal stories, love stories, and arts stories?
Great book for anyone who interested in military history or just general history. The stories are short and easy to read even if they don't interest you. I have heard of some of the stories but most were unkown to me, so you will learn something no matter what your level of education is concerning military history.
Rick Beyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a successful author, and a long-time history enthusiast.
He is the author of The Greatest Stories Never Told series published by Harper Collins. The Chicago Tribune described the series as “an old fashioned sweetshop full of tasty morsels.” The fourth book in the series, The Greatest Science! Stories Never Told, is scheduled for publication in...more