The Little Book of Big Misunderstandings
By David Heyman
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Published: Dec. 17, 2012
Words: 39,738 (approximate)
Ten of history's most famous tragedies were caused by simple misunderstandings that can happen during everyday conversations. These disasters are summarized and then analyzed. A final chapter provides advice on how to avoid similar confusion at home and work.
Ten of history's most famous tragedies were caused by simple misunderstandings that can happen during everyday conversations. In just one example, the Titanic was told several times over a day and a half about icebergs in its path but didn't take them seriously enough. Meanwhile, crew from another ship witnessed the Titanic sinking but did nothing because they misunderstood the emergency flares. Nine other disasters are analyzed including the worst plane crash in history, the Shuttle Challenger explosion, and the deaths of 183 school children at a magic show. At the end of the book, there are some simple strategies that everyone, from students to CEOs, can use to make sure they're understood when they most need to be.
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