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This compendium fleshes out the century’s best known military mishaps. In a series of short chapters, Coffey shows how even relatively small misjudgments have become historical turning points, such as a driver’s poor knowledge of Sarajevo’s streets in 1914 helped lead to World War I. He reminds us of some of the bigger blunders, including detailing how the Treaty of Versailles laid the groundwork for the Second World War. More recent events receive coverage, too. Here is the Bay of Pigs and Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Also underscored are the unexpected ways things go wrong, either from the design of a weapon, friendly fire, or complacency.

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About the Author

Michael Coffey was raised in the small town of Saranac, in upstate New York. He received a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from Leeds University in Anglo-Irish Literature. After university, he moved to New York City and began a career in publishing. He has authored three books of poems; a book about baseball’s perfect games; and co-edited a book about Irish immigration to America, which was a companion volume to a PBS documentary. In 2014 Michael left his full-time role as co-editorial director at Publishers Weekly to devote more time to writing and living upstate. He has two sons and is married to the artist Rebecca Smith.

About the Narrator

Robert Abia is the narrator of several audiobooks, including Days of Infamy: Military Blunders of the 20th Century and George Lucas.