When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters

When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters

Giles Milton / Feb 19, 2020

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  • Title: When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters
  • Author: Giles Milton
  • ISBN: 9781250078759
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 historiansIn 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 fMore 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 historiansIn 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.

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    About "Giles Milton"

      • Giles Milton

        British writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in 1966 He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas Knowledgeable, insatiably curious and entertaining, Milton locates history s most fascinating and most overlooked stories and brings them to life in his books.He lives in London, where he is a member of the Hakluyt Society, which is dedicated to reprinting the works of explorers and adventurers in scholarly editions, some of which he uses in his research He wrote most of Samurai William in the London Library, where he loves the huge reading room, large Victorian desks and creaking armchairs At home and while traveling, he is ever on the lookout for new untold stories Apparently he began researching the life of Sir John Mandeville for his book The Riddle and the Knight after Mandeville s book Travels literally fell off the shelf of a Paris bookstore in which he was browsing.Copyright BookBrowse 2007


    186 Comments

    1. Fun little book, 5 stars because it achieves what it sets out to do, it is entertaining, it is full of arcane historical knowledge and promotes you to look at history more closely. I had fun reading all of this previously I know facts about history , the chapters are short therefore you can breeze through this book, if you want a fast paced book , know more factoids and love historyis book is for you.


    2. themaineedge/style/delAs a rule, much of our understanding of history comes in terms of broad strokes. The reality is that history is so vast and sprawling, we can’t help but wind up with gaps in our knowledge. Some of us might have more of these holes than others, but we’ve all got them.That’s what makes Giles Milton’s “History’s Unknown Chapters” series so fascinating. Milton collects those overlooked moments and relates them in an engaging, accessible fashion, offering glimpses [...]


    3. This is a collection of short, uncontextualized or further explained anecdotes--WWII anthrax experiments, the Chevalier d'Eon was a Man! The madness of George III, Stalin was an anarchist bank robber, etc. I'm not sure who these would surprise or whose mind would be blown, but this is an inoffensive collection in the vein of the Book of Lists or Bathroom readers.



    4. I listened to this on audiobook. An interesting collection of snippets from history. Some of the topics covered were familiar to me, others, only a little and quite a few not at all. I like books like these, as they are like historical 'samplers' - if a topic catches your attention, you can then choose to look up more detailed accounts elsewhere later. What this book does is presented very interesting fragments to whet the appetite for history fans.


    5. I love both this and the first book in the History's Unknown Chapters duo. Very consumable and interesting history tidbits that make for fast reading or listening (I listened to the audio).


    6. Milton compiles a selection of little known historical facts and greater context for other historical events.


    7. 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 innoc [...]


    8. Three hundred pages of common knowledge.Mata Hari was a dancer and a spy.George III was insane because of a mental illness (no, seriously, that's how thr book goes)Hindenburg explodedBokassa was a tyrant and so on.Maybe a couple of good stories can not compensate for the insipidity of the rest.


    9. It's a sedate, if glorified, bathroom reader of historical vignettes. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of a connecting theme, and some of the entries are actually too brief to be truly effective. An easy, quick, and unremarkable read.


    10. Short chapters chronicling history's oddities, grisly at times, but quite informative. Will read other collections by Milton, in the hopes of additional weird factoids.







    11. Writing very prosaic, but definitely fascinating tidbits from history. Interesting enough that I intend to seek out some of Mr. Milton's other works.


    12. This was another fun history book. It’s got some cool vignettes in there that really add to an armchair historian’s knowledge.


    13. ha ha ha ha haI like this book more than I can admit. Terutama di bab sejarah mengapa lukisan Monalisa menjadi terkenal alias overrated.


    14. The first collection was stronger. I binge-read it so fast, but this one seems.different or lacking in ways. Yes, there is still a lot of information that I didn't know but it was somewhat less entertaining than the first one. The second half of the book did pick up a little, but it still only manages a 3 star rating.


    15. Quick read! This was a neat book of short history stories. Most of them I had never heard about before - but what was even nicer than these short interesting stories, was that the author clearly left further reading material for each story - at least 2 to 3 resources.The only drawback was that he mainly focuses on WWII stories but, not always wish there was more of a theme or cohesion


    16. Interesting and short historical oddities, arranged for the most part in categories of three or four stories, with a quote to introduce each category. This is actually two books in one, "When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep" and "When Stalin Robbed a Bank." Most of these were, indeed, unknown to me (one I'd just read in another book and was so familiar I wondered if it was duplicated in this one). Some were more interesting than others, but because they were short it didn't suffer too much from thei [...]



    17. A wonderful book for history buffs. I learned a lot about history that I had never heard of. The best part is that it is all,short chapters, so it's perfect if you're on the go


    18. Exactly what it says on the tin: a collection of underappreciated biographical chapters from history, with a bias towards Brits, Nazis, and the people around Stalin. The quality is popular, but without egregious errors. Think a more serious version of a Cracked listicle (I actually have a pretty good opinion of Cracked, aside from the house style). Since I listened to this on audiobook, Mr. Milton is an enthusiastic and pleasant narrator, who really brings these stories to life. On the other han [...]


    19. I won this book in a contest. One of my passions as a reader happens to be obscure history,the tales that people have tried to hide over time. This little book is full of them, and at about 3 or 4 pages a story, is the perfect entertaining bathroom book. I highly recommend this fun little excursion.


    20. Being legally blind, I use two different technologies to read. Slow, yes. Frustrating, definitely. This is a book of history that most likely is unknown to a lot of people. It was interesting.


    21. Another set of interesting historical stories from Milton. The book is a great way to have fun reading more about historical affairs, especially if you're in a hurry. Each story is about 4 pages at most, after all.


    22. I enjoyed this book. The first one was better. I did know a lot of the stories in this one but there were details I didn't already know. I'm glad I read this and will look forward to his next collection of stories.



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