From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders—whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations, monumental ego, or failed intelligence . . . or just a really stupid idea to begin with.
- Alexander invades India—and ends up in deep vindaloo.
- Sacre bleu! The French are humiliated by Prussia in 1870.
- spain's "invincible navy" breaks up off the coast of britain while attempting an invasion.
- the mau mau rebellion against the british in kenya shows us how not to run an insurgency.
- Chiang Kai-Shek's pathetic army fails to keep Mao's Communists from grabbing China.
About the Author
Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company, Bill Fawcett & Associates, has packaged more than 250 titles for virtually every major publisher. He founded, and later sold, what is now the largest hobby shop in Northern Illinois.