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Fascinating Footnotes from History details 100 of the quirkiest historical nuggets - eye-stretching stories that sound like fiction but are 100 percent fact.

There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for 11 days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937.

Peopled with a gallery of spies, rogues, cannibals, adventurers and slaves, and spanning 20 centuries and six continents, Giles Milton's impeccably researched footnotes shed light on some of the most infamous stories from history.

©2015 Giles Milton (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Fascinating

A book you can listen to again & again. Some of the things I had heard before but the stories were well written and well told. A must for history buffs.

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  • mike blacker
  • 11-08-16

one of the best books I've listened to in years

a little dark in places but hands down one of the best books I've listened to in years. Well worth a credit.

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  • Stewart Webb
  • 09-15-16

Too Many Pauses

Overall not a bad book. One, if it were in print you could dip into. Loads of short interesting historical stories. But be warned some not for the feint hearted (I used the f/f button here!). However be it the reader or in the editing there are throughout annoying gaps and silences. At first I kept checking my player but it went on the whole way through. Put up with it in the end. Would have rated it higher than for this and the icky bits.

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  • N. Taylor
  • 08-13-17

Rubbish

Inconsistent, often boring tabloid trash. Too much coverage of despots, nutters and perverts. A waste of time.

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  • 04-12-17

interesting little notes from History

Gentle listening of snippets from history. A book you can while away the time and pick up a few interesting facts. Really interesting.

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  • mark
  • 01-12-17

The new Ben Macintyre?

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Brilliant stories, beautifully researched and brought to life. More please Giles.

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  • philip
  • 11-23-16

10/10 - Fun & Interesting

What did you like most about Fascinating Footnotes from History?

A really wonderful listen, with such a plethora of short stories that you could jump in at virtually any point in the book and have a great listen. Definitely an audiobook that you could re-listen to again & again, as there's no way you'll remember each story after one or two listens.

A really good mix of stories too - funny, sad, vile, joyous and everything in between.

Narrator is brilliant too, very engaging, humorous & does the accents really well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-16

Great book full of interesting facts

loved this book. easy to dip in and out of and some really fascinating stories of people who survived some crazy events, like the crashing one the hindenburg and one guy who survived both atomic bombs!

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  • miriam
  • 10-01-17

Just average

The stories, while generally entertaining were too focused on WW2, but what really annoyed me were the narrators attempts at accents (any accents) they so awful they bordered on being racist.

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  • 08-22-17

Interesting

interesting and well read, but the subject matter can be upsetting as any historical information can be. In particular the baby killing and Nazi atrocities. Overall though a lot of fascinating facts, it certainly loves up to it's title and Ric Jerrom is excellent