Great Misadventures, 4 volume set

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This four-volume set tells of adventures gone wrong, such as Alexander the Great's trek across the Gedrosia Desert that cost the lives of 100s of men, women and children and the fatal attempts to climb Mount Everest in 1996.

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Gr 6-9--This drably produced but topically arresting browsers' confection gathers together "100 stories of human error, greed, and poor judgment," from the obliteration of the Athenian fleet in 413 B.C.E. to the mid-1997 death of chemist Karen Wetterhahn as a result of mercury poisoning. Saari chronicles many higher-profile debacles as well: Waterloo, Three Mile Island, the Children's Crusade, the Black Sox scandal, and so on. Arranged in subject volumes (Exploration and Adventure, Military, etc.), each entry includes a summation, a general narrative, a boxed section providing biographical or other details, one or more pallid black-and-white photographs, and a brief list of sources for further study. Though accuracy is sometimes sacrificed to sensationalism, the real flaws here have more to do with design than content: each volume contains the same 73 pages of front and back matter and the pages have a utilitarian look that's hopelessly at odds with the subject matter. Still, for well-endowed collections, this edges past The Associated Press Library of Disasters (Grolier, 1997) both for its historical and its topical scope.

John Peters, New York Public Library

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"More than two hundred relevant and well-reproduced photographs, illustrations and maps help make the articles easier to read and assimilate. This attractively priced, thought-provoking set is recommended."
-- VOYA (June 1999)

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