When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank

  • by Giles Milton
  • Narrated by Giles Milton
  • 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
This program is read by the author, the host of the popular podcast Unknown History with Giles Milton.
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 38 days at sea with almost no water or supplies after their ship was destroyed by a killer whale; and 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.

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Great Trivia Source

This book is a collection of brief tales about little known events in history. For example, it is about an academic paper that claims George III had bipolar disorder; another that Stalin was poisoned. I found the two stories most interesting and they had information that was new to me. The first one was about Witold Pilecki, a reporter, who broke into and out of Auschwitz, but in 1943 no one would believe his reports about the death camp. The other was about Mati Hari and the claims of her innocence.

The book is full of trivia facts, which for a trivia nut like me is great. All the entries are short and easily readable. It is a book that is easy to stop and start.

The author did his own narration.
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- Jean

Another great book by Giles Milton

If you liked "when Hitler took cocaine and Lenin lost his brain" you can just click the buy button. This book is as golden as that.

If you haven't listened to that book, give this a chance anyway. It's golden nuggets of history. Mostly in 1900s and each story is both interesting and the author makes it entertaining with his writing and narration.
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- BkkBanker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio