When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters

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A mysterious corpse on Mount Everest. The man who fought World War II for decades. A heroic pigeon. The Lindbergh baby kidnapping. The man displayed at the Bronx Zoo. The failed British Eiffel Tower. The story of Norton I, emperor of the United States (and protector of Mexico). The last man killed in World War I. The men who ate the last dodos.

The thing about history is that there’s just so much of it. You know the big strokes, the key moments, the important moves, but do you know about all the little moving parts? Well, Giles Milton knows about more than a few of them, and he gleefully shares them in When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, the first in an ongoing series collecting peculiar, hilarious, and off-putting moments from history.

My only qualm with this otherwise informative and engaging collection is that the mix of dark moments and light can be a little unsettling. He swings wildly from acts of heroism to acts of cannibalism, from murder and mayhem to humor and unsung heroes, conveying the incredible variety of unknown historical moments.

Nonetheless, there are far more pluses than minuses with this one.

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Author Giles Milton
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Picador 
Publish Date 2016-Jan-05
ISBN 9781250078773
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Issue December 2015
Category History


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