Oops by Martin J. Smith
20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America

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Americans' failures are as spectacular as their successes: bridges that collapse; flying cars that crash; sports promotions run amok; deodorant that nearly destroyed the earth; and even failures that failed to happen!

Veteran journalists Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger select twenty miscues, goofs, complications, and failures that shaped modern America and reveal the life lessons these gaffes teach, including:

Accentuate the Positive: How Thomas Edison Invented Trash Talk Understand the Market: The 1967 Monkees–Jimi Hendrix Concert Tour Desperation Is the Cradle of Bad Ideas: Cleveland Indians' Ten-Cent Beer Night Sweat the Details: The Sixty-Story John Hancock Guillotine

Enriched by handy clip-'n'-save "Recipes for Disaster," Oops proves that when it comes to failure, truth is stranger than fiction!


About Martin J. Smith

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Martin J. Smith is editor in chief of the monthly Orange Coast magazine and a former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He is author of three crime novels, and his nonfiction books include Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America and Poplorica (both with co-author Patrick J. Kiger). Smith lives in Southern California.
Published August 12, 2013 by Argo-Navis. 231 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He's the captain of New Zealand's America's Cup team who directed his crew to make an ill-timed tack that lost the Kiwis speed and handed the US team the cup c.

Dec 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Oops: 20 Life Lessons from th...

Las Vegas Review Journal

Swan-diving into the soup last week was Dave Hall, subbing for absent Jason Feinberg.

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