Calamities and Catastrophes

The Ten Absolutely Worst Years in History

by Derek Wilson

  • Published: 01 Sep 2011
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 272p
  • ISBN: 978-1-907595-45-5

Forget those boring lessons spent snoozing at the back of the class while Mr Potts droned about the origins of the Industrial Revolution – this book describes a catalogue of calamities, catastrophes and cock-ups that will make you hair curl.

We learn from our mistakes – don’t we? We look back on things that have gone wrong and do our best not to let them happen again. Well, that’s the general idea. Unfortunately, history tells us otherwise.

In this fascinating, revelatory book, Derek Wilson picks the ten very worst years in world history – from the destruction of the Roman Empire in 541 to the march on Leningrad in 1942. He identifies the traitors, scumbags and villains, whose lust for power brought such terror to their times, and shows how history has a horrible habit of repeating itself.

About Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson is one of Britain’s leading popular historians. Since leaving Cambridge, where he took the Archbishop Cranmer Prize for post-graduate research, he has written over 50 books including Rothschild: A Story of Wealth and Power and Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man, as well as making numerous radio and TV appearances.

Other books by this author

<a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/britains-rottenest-years"><strong>Britain’s Rottenest Years</strong></a><br /><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/britains-rottenest-years" class="plain-link">Think you’ve had a rotten year? Thing again… as this horrible history of Britain shows, whatever life is throwing at us in the 21st Century, our ancestors had it a whole lot worse.</a><a href="https://shortbooks.co.uk/book/britains-rottenest-years"><img  src="https://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>