• How They Choked

  • Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous
  • By: Georgia Bragg
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-30-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.2 (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Columbus' 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. Listeners 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")
©2014 Georgia Bragg (P)2014 Recorded Books
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By Tracey on 10-27-17

Fascinating take on historical fails

Written with humor and historical accuracy. Loved the writing, narration and the stories. Write more!

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