From the Trojan Horse to Robert E. Lee's lost battle plans, world history has been as shaped by chance and error as by courage and conviction.
A riveting examination of the human experience as Mother Nature wreaks havoc. From the author of The Hinge Factor comes a thrilling series of dramatic historical re-creations revealing how the fate of humankind has often been decided by the uncontrollable, unpredictable power of weather. From the doomed campaigns of the Roman legions and Napoleon to the fate of US forces in the South Pacific and Vietnam, torrential rain, brutal winters, monster typhoons, and killer hurricanes have had far-reaching - and often terrifying - consequences.
What do revolutions - almost always made in the name of freedom - really change? In this engaging survey, Durschmied looks at major revolts, upheavals, and revolutions over the last 200 years, describing and enriching our understanding of each of these historic and dramatic events. Each revolution has its own dynamic and fascinating cast of characters, but all too often, as this well-researched work shows, the end result is the same: mayhem, betrayal, glory, and death.