When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain

History's Unknown Chapters

Paperback - 2016 | First U.S. edition.
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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.

Alternative Title: When Lenin lost his brain.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250078773
Branch Call Number: 909
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Milton, Giles When Lenin lost his brain.


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SkokieStaff_Steven Apr 18, 2018

Giles Milton’s “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters” works well at what it is: a mildly diverting, easy to read survey of some 50 striking stories from history, mostly from the last few centuries. Despite the book’s subtitle, many of these stories such as the Lindbergh kidnapping would hardly be unknown to any student of history, and entire books or documentaries have been devoted to some of the episodes Milton covers in a few pages. Milton does seem to have a weakness for tales of extraordinary survival, especially if these involve cannibalism. I would recommend this book for nighttime reading or, as an audio, for drivers with short commutes as it is ideal for stop-and-start reading or listening.

JCLMaryanaK Mar 09, 2017

Milton's book is organized into short stories, some only a couple of pages long. Although most involve death and war, the author manages to keep them entertaining and fun. Good for a quick read and an unconventional lesson in world history.

Aug 11, 2016

Many of these crazy stories could easily adapted by Hollywood as horror (Japanese female sliced off lover's penis as a memento or escaped prisoners killed each other for food), romance (British buy his wife in Ottoman slave auction during diplomatic hunting trip) or farce (crackpot doctor gives cocaine eye drops,meth drug & 200+ documented drugs to Hitler with unfortunate results to subordinates).


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