Profiles in Folly: History's Worst Decisions and Why They Went Wrong


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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 35 compelling and often poignant stories, ...