When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank by Giles Milton
History's Unknown Chapters

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Personal stories of survivors shed light on history’s horrors, and the author’s research has turned up quite a few incidents that don’t make the history books. Part of the reason is that some of the tales are just not interesting anymore. However, the entries are short and highly readable.
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More addictive and mind-blowing true tales from history, told by Giles Milton—one of today’s most entertaining and accessible yet always intelligent and illuminating historians

In When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank, the second installment in his outrageously entertaining series, History’s Unknown Chapters, Giles Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from history, like when Stalin was actually assassinated with poison by one of his inner circle; the Russian scientist, dubbed the “Red Frankenstein,” who attempted to produce a human-ape hybrid through ethically dubious means; the family who survived thirty-eight days at sea with almost no water or supplies after their ship was destroyed by a killer whale; or the plot that served as a template for 9/11 in which four Algerian terrorists attempted to hijack a plane and fly it into the Eiffel Tower.

 

About Giles Milton

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Giles Milton is the author of three books, including a history of the seventeenth-century spice wars in the Dutch East Indies, Nathaniel’s Nutmeg.
 
Published November 1, 2016 by Picador. 273 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Sep 08 2016

Personal stories of survivors shed light on history’s horrors, and the author’s research has turned up quite a few incidents that don’t make the history books. Part of the reason is that some of the tales are just not interesting anymore. However, the entries are short and highly readable.

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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 02 2016

“When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank” is filled with fascinating tales from the annals of history. If you have even a passing interest in the past, Milton’s work here will prove a worthwhile read.

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