About “Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters”


“For want of a nail the shoe was lost

For want of a shoe the rider was lost.

The rider the message, the message the battle, the battle the empire

The empire was lost all for the want of a nail.”      

Have you ever wondered how often this “butterfly effect” of escalating calamity ever really took place ?

How often were mighty empires and international campaigns actually destroyed by

tiny quirks and witless blunders?  Is it just a clever saying or did small, dark,

ominous events actually intervene to cause the giants to stumble into grief and to ruin ?

As the reader will see, it happened with amazing regularity. The largest of  enterprises and the greatest

of governments laid low by the tiniest of bloopers. This website is a preview for the upcoming book

“Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters, Twenty-Nine Tiny Mistakes that Changed the World Forever.”

This review of human foibles includes some of  history’s most dangerous organizations and imposing

personalities. A core sample from this list includes Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler,  JFK (and his

lengthy and entangled history of exotic paramours), the

Nazis, the Japanese empire,  the Mafia and the Republican National Committee to name but a few.

Please review these early pages of the book,

additional pages will be added every two weeks. Please read us and rate the material as often as you like!

So far the feedback has been positive and encouraging. We think that you will find it to be a wild ride

and a riveting experience.




How could a seemingly insignificant mistake like placing a piece of tape the wrong way change the course of American history?




  1. Your creativity amazes me. This article on Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters is very well written and has quality content. I would appreciate it if you could check out my post and give me some comments too, thanks!

  2. malctg says:

    Very interesting. Yes I can believe what seems insignificant at the time has and will cause major changes to us all. Thank you for following my blog. There is much to be said. Best Wishes, macltg. The Foureyed Poet.

  3. R says:

    citing the RNC as one of the worlds most organizations sounds like the naive assumption of a whining liberal

    • The RNC was normally a very honorable organization. Under Nixon however, it did have it’s dark moments. The case could be made that LBJ and JFK were every bit as corrupt if not more corrupt than Nixon. It may have been Nixon’s unpopularity with the press that did him in.

  4. katyasozaeva says:

    Busy editing, so don’t have time to read the whole sample right now, but the premise is fascinating – I know I’d like to read this book!

  5. Brian Thacke says:

    This is a great idea, and very well written. I can’t wait to read more! Also, I must say that your blog format/ layout is quite impressive! Keep it up!

  6. champagneham says:

    Thanks for enlightening me as to the existence of your blog. Looking forward to some great exchanges!

  7. hmmmm very thought provoking……bit like the rivets on the Titanic! Thanks for the follow.

  8. Harold Green says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  9. Just stopped by to say thanks for the “like” on my blog. 🙂 You have an interesting idea here!

  10. Hi Jared. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. What are great idea for a book: it’s always interesting to know the “rest of the story” behind well-known historical events. Ones that were set in motion by unlikely mishaps would be that much more interesting. Good luck with this project.

  11. This looks like an excellent topic! I will certainly check it out more fully when I get time… Do you include the synchronizing of watches at Gallipoli, or is that just apocryphal?

  12. desirehigher says:

    Thank you for following my blog! Interesting blog you have here.

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog. All the best for 2013!

  14. dakota85 says:

    Thanks for recently following my blog, I appreciate the support! You’ve got a intriguing theme here, looking forward to more!

    • I really enjoy writing about the quirky, unexpected things that happen to people in power. The P.T.109 Chapter and the other Kennedy chapters are coming up next. More
      astonishing than any fiction. I think fiction writers want to keep things within reasonable bounds so as to be credible. Reality does not “care” whether it is credible or not and so therefore shows amazing variety.

      There was a university experiment along these lines: A group of students were asked to imagine that they had flipped a coin ten times and to write down the results. Then they were asked to actually flip the coin and write down the real results. The imagined results showed a narrow divide between heads and tails. The actual results had a much wider bell curve and greater variety. So it is with fiction vs non-fiction.

      Thank you for your interest.


  15. Who won the Trivia Contest?

    • We are analyzing the results and will make an announcement no later than tomorrow morning if not later today. We are happy to say
      that the response to our blog has greatly exceeded our expectations. We have had well over 25,000 visitors and now have over
      18,000 followers. We hope to have over 20,000 followers by this weekend.The book proposal is scheduled to be sent to the agents in New York
      within the next seven days.Thank you for your support.

  16. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks for stopping by stillvoicing!

  17. Barbara says:

    Thanks for following my blog. Look forward to reading more of yours.

  18. leamuse says:

    While the Mayan Calendar ended, for good or bad, most of us are still here. That being said, I did enjoy your post.
    Merci beaucoup for choosing to follow one of my blogs. Bonne chance with your book, it should be an interesting read.

  19. mionsiog says:

    Thank You for stopping by my blog page.
    I think you are on to something here; there is always a back story to the fame, fortune or fall of persons in history. I wonder how many people stop and think about that before they criticize or praise the person. Events in history happen for a reason and sometimes the real reason gets lost in the reporting of the event or in the rewrite of the history books. I wonder how many people know at if his paintings had been more popular and he had been able to make a living with his paintings then Adolph Hitler would have been a just another name in the history books if he had even been remembered by history.
    Thanks again for stopping by my blog page.
    Take Care.

  20. thanks for liking my blog and the follow I will return the compliment.

    I also comment on politics and one thing I have found is that when you publish something that is too near the mark for politicians comfort they and the media go very quiet strange but true. wonder if anybody else has noticed this?

  21. coyotero2112 says:

    Do love missteps and gaffes and such. Seem to have little notes, pages, and scribbles on the table documenting such events.

  22. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious familiarity concerning unpredicted feelings.

  23. Herman says:

    Hi there. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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