Brewer's Famous Quotations

Brewer's Famous Quotations

Book - 2006
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The only quotation book that tells the stories behind the quotations has been expanded and updated. Now, readers can find important information other references neglect: the colorful anecdotes and historical incidents that provide the context, background, and wider significance of each famous saying. Did Neil Armstrong revise his famous giant leap” quotation after he got back from the moon? Did the aeronautical engineer who coined Murphy’s Law (if anything can go wrong, it will”) actually mean it as a warning about safe design? Here’s the inside story on 5,000 great quotations, from ancient times to the novels of Douglas Adams.

Blackwell North Amer
Telling the often intriguing stories behind some 5000 quotations, from first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong's 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind' (which was misheard by 600 million people), to George W. Bush's 'Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists' (which unbeknownst to the US president may well have been a variant on something similar originally uttered by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin), Brewer's Famous Quotations offers detailed insights into a host of misremembered, misattributed and generally problematic quotations.

Publisher: London, WC2H9EA : The Orion Publishing Group Ltd, c2006
ISBN: 9780304367993
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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