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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famousby Georgia Bragg
Synopses & Reviews
Over the course of history, famous people made mistakes that were so monumental they could never escape them, no matter how brilliant their successes! Ferdinand Magellan is credited as the first man to sail around the world . . . but he only actually made it halfway. His terrible treatment of everyone he met cut his life journey short. Queen Isabella of Spain is remembered for financing Columbuss expeditions—and for creating the Spanish Inquisition. J. Bruce Ismay commissioned the unsinkable marvel of the sea, the Titanic—and then jumped the line of women and children to escape death on a lifeboat. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain and will empathize with the flawed humanity of these achievers.
Famous successful “failures” include:
Marco Polo • Queen Isabella of Spain • King Montezuma II • Anne Boleyn • Ferdinand Magellan • Isaac Newton • Benedict Arnold • George Armstrong Custer • Vincent Van Gogh • Susan B. Anthony • Thomas Alva Edison • J. Bruce Ismay • Amelia M. Earhart • Joseph Jefferson Jackson (“Shoeless Joe”)
"Like Bragg and O'Malley's How They Croaked (2011), this lightly illustrated book offers caustically humorous insights into history — this time, via 14 famous figures who failed spectacularly at something. Subjects include Custer ('After Custer died, the Indian women found his corpse and bored a hole in his eardrums because George Armstrong Custer was a man who never listened') Earhart ('the bad odds about gravity caught up with her'), and Van Gogh ('This time his family got their wish: Vincent finally went into an insane asylum'). Irresistible entertainment (and solid information) for readers with a tendency toward schadenfreude. Ages 10 — 14. Author's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Melissa Turk." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The author and illustrator of the bestselling How They Croaked shine a light on the darker sides of historys most famous choke artists with information perfect for common core!
Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, epic failures even lead to super successes . . . sometimes they become deep dark secrets. But remember—to fail is human, to laugh about our shortcomings divine. From Montezuma IIs mistaking a conqueror for a god to Isaac Newton turning from science to alchemy to J. Bruce Ismays 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
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.
KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share and many other books for children. He lives in Maryland.
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