Author(s): Eric Chaline
History's Worst Predictions is a lighthearted look at fifty of the grandest predictions the world has seen - and how they proved to be spectacularly wrong. Every aspect of human life - religion, politics, science, economy, culture and war - has provided material for the most far-fetched and inaccurate of predictions. The book asks why we are still here, given that the end of the world has been foretold over 200 times, including: for 1833 by William Miller, who claimed to be in direct contact with God, and for 1997 by Nostradamus, king of the poor prediction. This beautifully illustrated, full-colour volume contains photographs and maps that bring each chapter to life, depicting the people and institutions responsible for some of the most infamous predictions in human history.
Eric Chaline's previous publications include The Book of Gods and Goddesses: A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities, Traveller's Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece, History's Worst Inventions and History's Worst Deceptions.