Synopses & Reviews
An engrossing and fact-filled compendium of timeless lessons we keep forgetting—over and over and over . . .
It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And so we have. Time and again humankind has overcome great turmoil only to ignore hard-earned wisdom at the very worst moment. Borrowing more from Groundhog Day than D-day, Bill Fawcett illuminates some of the predicaments, both infamous and obscure, that have vexed us for centuries—and just may explain many of today's global conflicts. Through fourteen chapters, Doomed to Repeat is chock-full of trivia, historical oddities, and fascinating insights into our most popular mistakes.
- What really stops terrorists
- How inflation and recession helped set the stage for the Nazis to take power
- What really ended the Great Depression and whether it could work today
- What history predicts for the final results of the Arab Spring
- Swine flu, bird flu, and the chances of another worldwide plague
"The weight of history hangs heavy as Fawcett (How to Lose a Battle) examines a slew of today's social and economic issues in light of their prior manifestations. In a range of insightful and accessible essays, the author dwells on everything from why Afghanistan is easy to invade but impossible to hold, to the dangers of inflation, millennia of terrorism, and the rise and fall of the middle class. Of special note is his lengthy and foreboding comparison of America to Rome, and his examination of how superpower nations inevitably collapse ends on a surprisingly hopeful note. The choice of topics is somewhat imbalanced: of fourteen essays, six are concerned with economic issues, while Afghanistan, Egypt, Britain, and sub-Saharan Africa each get a chapter, and though the writing sometimes lapses into a dry, academic tone, the material is primarily aimed at the casual reader, making this something of a primer on pressing current events and their historical precedents. The underlying message that 'we need to learn from the past to solve today's problems' is an optimistic clichÃ© by this point, but it's sobering to consider how we have yet to take it seriously. Fawcett's entertaining and educational collection makes it clear it's high time we listen and listen closely to history." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”
And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle.
Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the problems we've faced repeatedly throughout history, including Islamic jihad, terrorism, military insurgencies, inflation and the devaluation of currency, financial disasters, ecological collapses, radical political minorities like the Nazis and Bolsheviks, and pandemics and epidemics like the Black Death.
With more than 35 chapters of the Groundhog Days of world history, both infamous and obscure, Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn is chock-full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the worlds repeated mistakes.
About the Author
Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.