Thursday, May 17, 2018

I Read Books: The Hinge Factor

The Hinge Factor: How Chance and Stupidity Have Changed History by Erik Durschmied

Durschmied, a war correspondent, examines a variety of historical events, mostly battles, and looks for the incidents that could have swung them the other way. Probably the most interesting ones are those that he personally reported on; the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf in 1991. Otherwise he competently dramatises and cleverly analyses the kind of events that military history buffs are interested in.

Read This: For some entertaining and slightly skewed looks at historical incidents
Don’t Read This: If you don’t want to know about random nonsense having big consequences.

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