One of these things is not like the others.

July 5, 2008 - 4:19 pm
Irradiated by LabRat
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Some bloggers keep their Amazon wish lists public in side tabs. While the primary purpose of such things is to take advantage of the occasional spasm of generosity and general outpourings of love on the part of one’s readers, as selfish bastards we also find that it’s a great way to find books that we ourselves desire, thanks to the Magic of Similar Tastes. It’s also a less-great way to be lazy and not bother to go add such things to our own wish lists because, obviously, that book will never leave the wish list, right?

In the course of searching to re-discover one such errant title, I went clicking around and found Book I Desire Number Three Billion, which I added to the wish list as usual. Book I Desire is this: Encyclopedia Idiotica: History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them.

Amazon helpfully saw me off with their usual page-of-even-more-stuff-you want, which includes “other people who bought this item also bought…” See if you can spot the one that stood out to me.

1. Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

2. The Wit of Martin Luther (Facets Series)

3. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name.

All I can say is that must be one gnarly Sunday School.

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  1. Tam Says:

    It’s an enjoyable books.

    I’m sure other folks will find the occasional factual error in their own ares of expertise the way I did, and you’ll occasionally yell “Don’t be such a pinko!” at the author, but on the whole it will leave you smiling.

  2. LabRat Says:

    I had to take it off my list, because Stingray already saw it and bought it independently.

    I’ve always had a fascination with disasters- it tells you so much more than successes do. One of my big regrets about my university days is that I didn’t have the engineering credits to take the joint course between the engineering school and the history department on the historical and political reasons for the engineering failures of Chernobyl. A better demonstration of why the liberal arts are still relevant to science students I haven’t found yet.