When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain by Giles Milton
History's Unknown Chapters

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A few chapters will elicit a response of “so what?” But there’s enough adventure, gore, and mystery to make this volume mostly entertaining.
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Obscure and addictive true tales from history told by one of our most entertaining historians, Giles Milton

The first installment in Giles Milton's outrageously entertaining series, History's Unknown Chapters: colorful and accessible, intelligent and illuminating, Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from the past.

There's the cook aboard the Titanic, who pickled himself with whiskey and survived in the icy seas where most everyone else died. There's the man who survived the atomic bomb in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And there's many, many more.

Covering everything from adventure, war, murder and slavery to espionage, including the stories of the female Robinson Crusoe, Hitler's final hours, Japan's deadly balloon bomb and the emperor of the United States, these tales deserve to be told.

 

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 January 5, 2016 by Picador. 274 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 04 2015

A few chapters will elicit a response of “so what?” But there’s enough adventure, gore, and mystery to make this volume mostly entertaining.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by CHUCK HAGA on Jan 02 2016

The stories are well told, historical nuggets with a Robin Leach-like "Lifestyles of the obscure and infamous" quality. For the skeptical, Milton provides an extensive "Further Reading" list of established historical accounts.

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