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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Axelrod Narrator: Scott Peterson Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Using the same engrossing anecdotal format that has proved so popular in Profiles in Audacity, Alan Axelrod now turns to the dark side of audacious decision-making: those choices that, in retrospect, were shockingly wrongheaded.

Although Axelrod investigates some dumb decisions by stupid people and some evil decisions by evil people, the overwhelming majority of these decisions were made by good, smart people whose poor judgment produced disastrous, often irreversible results.

The thirty-five compelling and often poignant stories, which range from ancient times to today, include: The Trojan Horse; the Children’s Crusade; the sailing of the Titanic, and the false belief that it just couldn’t sink; Edward Bernays’s 1929 campaign to recruit women smokers; Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis; Ken Lay’s deception with Enron; and even the choice to create a “New Coke” and fix what wasn’t broke.

As with Profiles in Audacity, the deftly drawn vignettes will pique interest, satisfy curiosity, give pleasure, and present valuable lessons. And in addition to offering the same insightful analysis of the decision-making process, Profiles in Folly also includes objective post-mortems that explain what went wrong and why. These are cautionary tales—albeit with exquisite twists ranging from acerbic to horrific.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ethan | 7/13/2013

    " I really liked the information in this book, I didn't really care for a lot of his conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Wiggins | 5/16/2013

    " "Profiles In Folly" is a series of short stories about great blunders in history. The book covers everything from the Trojan Horse to Hurricane Katrina from Gen. Custer at the Big Horn to the Maginot line from the space shuttle disasters to the Ford Edsall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Swensen | 12/19/2012

    " Good. Profiles in Audacity was better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rose Ann | 3/5/2011

    " Poorly written, full of editing errors and factual errors. Avoid. "

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