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Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, epic failures even lead to super successes … sometimes they become deep dark secrets. From Montezuma II’s mistaking a conqueror for a god to Isaac Newton turning from science to alchemy to J. Bruce Ismay’s jumping the lifeboat line on the Titanic, How They Choked knocks fourteen famous achievers off their pedestals to reveal the human side of history.

Successful “failures” include: Marco Polo; Queen Isabella of Spain; Montezuma II; Ferdinand Magellan; Anne Boleyn; Isaac Newton; Benedict Arnold; Susan B. Anthony; George Armstrong Custer; Thomas Alva Edison; Vincent Van Gogh; J. Bruce Ismay; “Shoeless Joe” Jackson; Amelia M. Earhart

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  • “Offers caustically humorous insights into history…Irresistible entertainment (and solid information) for readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The snarkily entertaining narratives are illustrated with caricatures of each subject. For better or worse, subjects are rarely as one-dimensional as most biographies paint them, and this book proves that nobody is perfect.”


  • “Written in a chatty style, full of wit and laugh-out-loud moments, this charmingly irreverent delivery of history is not only entertaining but packed full of lessons to be learned.”

    School Library Journal

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About the Author

Georgia Bragg is the author of How They Croaked as well as Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.