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The course of history is often attributed to the grandeur of mighty battle, great discoveries, or stellar feats. But what if every one of those events occurred through some highly unlikely or completely overlooked happening of chance? This is the through-the-looking-glass idea of Phil Mason's bizarrely entertaining Napoleon's Hemorrhoids...And Other Small Events That Changed History. This audiobook is brought to life by the joyously pugnacious performance of L. J. Ganser. If you want to do your historical curiosity a favor sit down and listen to this ridiculously great audio…and discover all the what-ifs of the past.

Publisher's Summary

Hilarious, fascinating, and a roller coaster of dizzying, historical what-ifs, Napoleon's Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs. In one of Phil Mason's many revelations, you'll learn that Communist jets were two minutes away from opening fire on American planes during the Cuban missile crisis, when they had to turn back as they were running out of fuel. You'll discover that before the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon's painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. You'll learn that an irate blacksmith threw his hammer at a fox and missed, hitting a rock and revealing the largest vein of silver ever discovered, thus changing the finances of Canada forever. Interestingly, Charlton Heston was cast as Moses in The Ten Commandments because his broken nose made him look like Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses. Finally, no one knows Einstein's last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.

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  • Jason
  • Patterson, LA, United States
  • 03-21-13

Very,very,very Interesting!

The backstory & minute details will hold your attention! I flew through this one. Didn't know where the time went. If you're a history buff like me, you won't be able to put this one down. I found myself laughing out loud more than once!!

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Fascinating but a little irritating

I love historical trivia, but parts were oversimplified and the narrator mispronounced a lot (Example: Dalek)