I love this book, filled with a collection of short (2-3 page stories) about obscure events in history it was one that I read in one sitting! Milton has delved deep into history and found oddities that otherwise would have been lost, things that sound utterly impossible; like the cook on the ill-fated Titanic who pickled himself in whiskey and was able to survive the icy waters, to a man who survived the bombings at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Combining a love of history, witty story telling and the oddities of life Giles Milton has utterly impressed me with the snapshots of history he has compiled for us. For anyone who loves history or likes to know odd and obscure facts this is an absolute gem of a book. This is the first book in a series called “History’s Unknown Chapters” by Giles Milton and I look forward to reading his second book “When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed A Bank”!