Search the annals of military history and you will discover no end of quirky characters and surprising true stories: The topless dancer who saved the Byzantine Empire. The World War I battle that was halted so a soccer game could be played. The scientist who invented a pigeon-guided missile in 1943. And don't forget the elderly pig whose death triggered an international crisis between the United States and Great Britain. This is the kind of history you'll find in The Greatest War Stories Never Told. One hundred fascinating stories drawn from two thousand years of military history, accompanied by a wealth of photographs, maps, drawings, and documents that help bring each story to life. Little-known tales told with a one-two punch of history and humor that will make you shake your head in disbelief -- but they're all true! Did You Know That: One military unit served on both sides during the Civil War The War of Jenkins's Ear was actually fought over a sea captain's ear Daniel Boone was once tried for treason A siege on Poland in 1519 gave birth to the marriage of bread and butter Discover how war can be a catalyst for change; an engine for innovation; and an arena for valor, deceit, intrigue, ambition, revenge, audacity, folly, and even silliness. Want to know how the mafia helped the United States win World War II, when the word bazooka was coined, or how Silly Putty was invented? Read on!
100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
Author: Rick Beyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Did you know about: The ballet that sparked a riot? The rock star who became an astrophysicist? The song that saved Wheaties? The man killed by his own conducting? The controversy behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected here: amazing stories about jazz, classical, country, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, show tunes, composers, band names, song lyrics, instruments, technology, controversies, and more. Learn how the FBI spent years trying to decode the lyrics of one rock song. Discover how Watergate provided the inspiration for A Chorus Line. Find out how one megahit was born in a history class, while another was dashed off in a fit of anger at actor Robert De Niro. Meet the monk behind solfège, the aviation pioneer who created Muzak, and the prisoner who literally sang himself out of jail. Then there's the most important person in rock 'n' roll history—chances are you've never heard of him! Continuing the successful Greatest Stories Never Told series, Rick Beyer has delivered another classic volume for history and music buffs alike.
100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
Author: Rick Beyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
What most of us don't know about our presidents could fill a book—and this just happens to be that book! From the archives of The History Channel® comes a treasure trove of quirky presidential history that will truly astonish, bewilder, and stupefy. Like Abraham Lincoln's duel or Jimmy Carter's UFO sighting . . . and let's not forget about the president who went skinny-dipping in the Potomac every day! That's the kind of presidential history you'll find in The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: One hundred little-known stories to make you shake your head in wonder. If you want to find out how "Hail to the Chief" came to be the president's song, why the Oval Office isn't square, which president saved the game of football, and why Washington, D.C., could have been named Hertburn, this is the book for you. Did You Know About: The custody battle that made George Washington an American? The counterfeiters who tried to steal Lincoln's body? The woman who brought down Andrew Jackson's cabinet? The man who was president for a day? You know what makes the presidents famous, but it's the stuff you don't know that makes them interesting. A feast of fascinating presidential tidbits awaits.
100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy
Author: Rick Beyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
100 tales of invention and discovery to astonish, bewilder, & stupefy Meet the angry undertaker who gave us the push-button phone. Discover how modesty led to the invention of the stethoscope. Find out why Albert Einstein patented a refrigerator. Learn how a train full of trumpeters made science history. Did you know about: The frustrated fashion designer who created the space suit? The gun-toting newspaperman who invented the parking meter? The midnight dreams that led to a Nobel Prize? They're so good, you can't read just one!
100 tales of invention and discovery to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy
Author: Rick Beyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Collects lesser-known historical miscellany from 1776 to the present, revealing how lower-profile individuals and events played unexpected influential roles, including the overlooked 1932 mock attack on Pearl Harbor that revealed regional vulnerability. Original.
200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the Textbooks
Author: Seymour Morris
Publisher: Broadway Books
(Guitar Educational). This ultimate guide to caring for your guitar includes: how to strip down and clean your instrument * how to set the action * how regular maintenance can improve your guitar and your playing. Top repairman Charlie Chandler will show you how to carry out basic maintenance and repairs, all of which can be done yourself, without the need for professional assistance. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with over a hundred diagrams and photographs. Includes special troubleshooting tips to help you solve common problems like fret buzz, chips and cracks in paintwork, electrical problems, intonation, and more. Whether you're a beginner struggling with a new set of strings or a pro looking to hone your set-up, this book will help you to get more out of your guitar.
Author: Charlie Chandler
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
An index to the printed music of African-American spirituals scored for solo voice.
Author: Kathleen A. Abromeit
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
The former music company executive documents his life and career, from his misspent youth in Rockland County, New York, during the 1970s to his rise as a successful businessman, and collaboration with record producer Jack Douglas.
From Basement Band to Jack and the John Lennon Sessions
Author: Ken Geringer
Publisher: Hipway PressInc
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Gathers interesting and humorous stories about American presidents from Washington to Clinton and shows little-known aspects of each one's personality
Author: Paul F. Boller
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"This work encompasses the range of musical programming from the early 1920s to the early 1960s. Jazz, country, classical, gospel, pop, big band, western, and semi-classical forms are covered, as are the vocalists, instrumentalists and disc jockeys who made them available to listeners"--Provided by publisher.
The Great Performers and Programs of the 1920s Through Early 1960s
Author: Jim Cox
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the foremost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of the everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating discovery stories behind over 500 phenomena, including: How chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber. How the potato chip emerged from an act of pique on the part of an Indian named Crum. How a socialite invented the dishwasher because servants too frequently broke her expensive china. Why April Fool's Day started out as New Year's Eve, a joke in itself. How the song 'Happy Birthday to You' began as a kindergarten jingle titled 'Good Morning to All.' How the zipper was one man's attempt to make obsolete not buttons... but shoelaces. How the newlywed husband came to the aid of his accident-prone bride with the invention of the Band-Aid. How the hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage and received its name at a New York baseball game. How a pot-and-pan salesman who baited customers with soapy steel wool pads launched the S.O.S empire. How Drs. Fallopius and Condom made strides in inventing and popularizing a male means of birth control. How the original Goldilocks was a disgruntled, gray-haired crone, tortured by the three bears. How Ketchup became from the Romans, Tabasco sauce from an exiled New Orleans banker, Mayonnaise from a French duke, and A.I. Steak Sauce from a royal chef named Brand.
Author: Charles Panati
Publisher: Chartwell Books
The true stories behind historical events give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented actions by established leaders that often have a continuing effect on the world. Each of the fifteen chapters points out a myth that is held as a common truth in history and summarizes what we think we know. Then the author shreds the tale to academic ribbons using the latest findings on each subject. Each true story sets the record straight, reveals timeless ulterior motives, introduces important personalities who successfully (and suspiciously) avoided responsibility in common history texts, and notes underlining issues that have continued relevance in the modern age. For instance, did Nero really fiddle as Rome burned? Did Paul Revere actually alert the militia that the British were coming? Did the Catholic Church imprison Galileo because his teachings conflicted with the Bible? Weir takes on all these myths and tells the reader what really happened.
The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong
Author: William Weir
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Characterized by high-flying kicks and punches that easily shatter thick boards, Tae Kwon Do is one of the world's most popular martial arts and exhibition sports. This Korean system of self-defense offers its students improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, balance, self-confidence, and peace of mind. Inside Kung-Fu's Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do offers all Tae Kwon Do students--from white belts to black belts--a wealth of insightful, reliable, hard-to-find information from world-renowned experts in every aspect of the art. Inside, you'll find chapters that inform and inspire, addressing such topics as: The history and traditions of Tae Kwon Do Mastering the ten basic movements that are the foundation for all advanced techniques One-step sparring, stretching, competing, and performing great demonstrations Finding and evaluating schools, classes, and instructors Streetwise self-defense applications of Tae Kwon Do techniques In the Ultimate Guide to Tae Kwon Do, you will find everything you need to know to get started and advance through the ranks of this immensely challenging, rigorous, and rewarding martial art. John R. Little is the author of The Warrior Within, Bruce Lee: Words from a Master, and other books on Bruce Lee. He is also the author of numerous published articles on martial arts philosophy and practice. Curtis F. Wong is the publisher of Inside Kung-Fu and other highly respected martial-arts magazines.
Author: John Little
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Category: Sports & Recreation
Presents a look at some of the greatest deceptions in history, from the forged document that the Vatican used to lay claim to much of Europe, to the authorship of Hitler's diaries, to other great con artists, imposters, and scientific frauds.
Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History's Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes, and Frauds
Author: Michael Farquhar
The author explains why he believes that history has all the twists and turns, intellectual challenges, and surprise revelations of a great mystery story, and offers explanations for some of history's most intriguing mysteries.
an eye-opening investigation into the most baffling events of all time
Author: Paul Aron
Category: Curiosities and wonders
Hindsight hurts. * The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, having the American colonies pay for their own defense—which instead starts a revolution. * In 1929, President Herbert Hoover decides to let the economy fix itself…and the Great Depression gets greater. * Nixon tapes everything he says in the Oval Office, believing it will all be of great historical value. He turns out to be right when those same tapes cost him his presidency. * Charles the First cuts a deal with the Irish to fight Parliament that instead loses him public support—and later his head. Along with 100 Mistakes that Changed the World, Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing proves once again that when global leaders drop the ball, the whole world shakes. With a hundred more bombshell blunders—from Pickett’s Charge to the Lewinski scandal—this compendium takes a fascinating look at some of history’s greatest turns for the worse.
100 More Mistakes That Lost Elections, Ended Empires, and Made the World What It Is Today
Author: Bill Fawcett
The Ghost Army of World War II describes a perfect example of a little-known, highly imaginative, and daring maneuver that helped open the way for the final drive to Germany. It is a riveting tale told through personal accounts and sketches along the way—ultimately, a story of success against great odds. I enjoyed it enormously. – Tom Brokaw In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs—including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey—landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret and their story was hushed up for decades after the war's end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.
How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery
Author: Rick Beyer,Elizabeth Sayles
Publisher: Chronicle Books
What were they thinking? Ever since Adam snacked on the forbidden fruit and was chased naked out of the Garden of Eden, mankind has bitten off a bevy of bad ideas. From skinny-dipping Presidents to toxic tooth fillings to singing pop stars who can't carry a tune, 100 of the Worst Ideas in History is a celebration of humanity's historical—and often hysterical—missteps that have started wars, sunk countries, wrecked companies, scuttled careers, lost millions, and even endangered the Earth. Discover: • How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I • Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in Hollywood history • How a Chicago White Sox game helped hasten the demise of disco • The toad that nearly ate Australia • The most dangerous children's game ever invented • And so much more (of so much less!) Spanning politics, pop culture, fashion, sports, technology, and more, this irreverent and witty book is packed with fun photos and sidebars, tracing how these thundering brainstorms turned into blundering brain farts-and the astonishing impacts our faux pas and foibles still have on us today.
Humanity's Thundering Brainstorms Turned Blundering Brain Farts
Author: Michael N. Smith,Eric Kasum
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Author: John Richard Stephens
Drawn from the National Archives, a compelling assortment of correspondence collects letters written over the centuries to American chief executives by both ordinary citizens and famous figures, accompanied by information providing historical context for the writers' concerns and ideas. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives
Author: Dwight Young
Publisher: National Geographic Books