Napoleon's Hemorrhoids

Napoleon's Hemorrhoids

By Phil Mason

  • Release Date: 2009-10-01
  • Genre: Reference
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings
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Hilarious, fascinating, and a roller coaster of dizzying, historical what-ifs, Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids is a potpourri for serious historians and casual history buffs. In one of Phil Mason’s many revelations, you’ll learn that Communist jets were two minutes away from opening fire on American planes during the Cuban missile crisis, when they had to turn back as they were running out of fuel. You’ll discover that before the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon’s painful hemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse to survey the battlefield. You’ll learn that an irate blacksmith threw his hammer at a fox and missed, hitting a rock and revealing the largest vein of silver ever discovered, thus changing the finances of Canada forever. Interestingly, Charlton Heston was cast as Moses in The Ten Commandments because his broken nose made him look like Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of Moses. Finally, no one knows Einstein’s last words. They were in German, a language his nurse did not speak.

A treasure trove filled with fascinating anecdotes about the tiny ripples that created big waves in history, Napoleon’s Hemorrhoids is much more than just a trivial fact book; it is an astonishing historical-fate book revealing how our most famous incidents, best-loved works of art, and most accepted historical outcomes are simply twists of fate.


  • Decent

    By Kkjjuiiooppljh
    Decent stories with a "lib-tard" perspective.
  • Poorly Written and Boring

    By PHXWings
    I kind of got the impression from reading this book that the author started off with well-enough intentions but then ran out of steam and seemed desperate to just finish it. The best material was on the first few pages but as I kept reading I realized the individual stories were coming fast and furious and with each one I was less and less intrigued. After a while it was just boring to continue reading the stories. With so many the intrigue and excitement was lost because of the sheer number of them. But part of the problem for me is that, being very familiar with some of the events that the author wrote about, I realized he didn’t do his research properly because the details were either not accurate or incomplete and it almost seemed, in my opinion, that he didn’t actually research any of it. Add to this mix a number of typos and I finished the book with the feeling that it was written by an amatuer.