Doomed to Repeat

Doomed to Repeat : The Lessons of History We Failed to Learn

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Those Who Forget History Are Doomed to Repeat It. And so we have. Time again the mankind has faced down problems, but have failed to take the hard earned knowledge into the next battle of the same nature. This collection of essays will illuminate those problems we've faced over and over and the common threads that have stumped us for centuries. Including: Islamic jihads past and present: The Lesson of the Mahdi and the fact that the Saud family fled after the Wahabist defeat in Sudan will also explain a lot about our rather uncomfortable ally; Terrorists: Anarchists, Wooblies, Luddites, Spain against Napoleon, and the IRA all have lessons on what to do and what to not let them do to our society; Military Insurgencies: the Barbarian hordes, The Mau Mau of Kenya, Italian Freedom fighters in the 19th century, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, and the Confederate forces of the American Civil War; Afghanistan Redux with the British, Russians, and Americans.
Inflation and the devaluation of currency throughout history including debasing coins, letting inflation run wild: Roman Emperors creating worthless coins, silly economic policy in the Weimer Republic, and run away inflation Zimbabwe; Financial disasters like the Tulip Bubble and South Pacific Bubble; Ecological collapse like the Mayan agricultural collapse and the devestation cause by the Ice Ages; The Rise of radical political minorities in bad times including the Bolshevik Revolution and the coming of Nazis; and Pandemics and epidemics including the Black Death and other plagues through history. With more than 35 chapters of the Groundhog Days of world history, both infamous and obscure, "Doomed to Repeat" is chock full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world's repeated mistakes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 202 x 20mm | 244g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062069063
  • 9780062069061
  • 488,968

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An engrossing and fact-filled compendium of timeless lessons we keep forgetting--over and over and over . . .

It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And so we have. Time and again humankind has overcome great turmoil only to ignore hard-earned wisdom at the very worst moment. Borrowing more from Groundhog Day than D-day, Bill Fawcett illuminates some of the predicaments, both infamous and obscure, that have vexed us for centuries--and just may explain many of today's global conflicts. Through fourteen chapters, Doomed to Repeat is chock-full of trivia, historical oddities, and fascinating insights into our most popular mistakes.

Learn about:

What really stops terrorists How inflation and recession helped set the stage for the Nazis to take power What really ended the Great Depression and whether it could work today What history predicts for the final results of the Arab Spring Swine flu, bird flu, and the chances of another worldwide plague
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About Bill Fawcett

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea ... , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.
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