100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders by Berkley Trade

By Berkley Trade

Accrued in a single quantity, listed below are backfires and errors that collapsed empires, crashed economies, and changed the process the area. From the Maginot Line to the Cuban Missile problem, background is full of undesirable strikes and not-so-bright principles that snowballed into failures and unintentional results. This engrossing publication appears to be like at 100 such tipping issues. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. The Caliphs of Baghdad spend themselves into chapter 11. The Aztecs greet the Conquistadors with open fingers. Mexico invitations the american citizens to Texas-and the americans by no means go away. And the remaining is history...

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He sent an emissary to the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. The oracle answered that Zeus should be revered above all other gods. She also said that Philip would lose the eye through which he saw his wife with the serpent. Two years later, Philip lost his eye. Stories such as these are probably legends created long after Alexander’s death, but they do lend merit to Alexander’s belief that he was the son of Zeus: a seed no doubt planted by his mother, who wanted more than anything to secure her son’s place on the throne.

So where Paullus wanted to play it safe and fight in the hills, Varro wanted to force a battle where he was sure the superior Roman army (50,000 soldiers versus 40,000 for Carthage) would prevail. For a few weeks, the two armies camped only a few miles apart. Hannibal was anxious to do something before his supply situation in hostile territory got worse, and Paullus was willing to wait until Hannibal came to him. But here is the rub: Paullus was in command only every other day. For a while he convinced Varro to go along with the waiting.

So when a soothsayer advised that the Athenians wait “thrice nine days” before departing, they did. The Syracusans did not simply wait for the invaders to leave, though. They fought a sea battle and managed to destroy a number of Athenian triremes. By this time, the 35 Athenian fleet was anchored near Syracuse on the far side of the city’s harbor. With morale soaring after defeating what was a portion of the best navy in the world, the Syracusans used ships chained together to block the exit from the harbor, trapping all of the Athenian ships.

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