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Erik Slader

Biography

Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and soon-to-be podcast) about the most epic fails…of history.

Erik Slader

Books by Erik Slader

written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Science, Technology

Today, everyone is familiar with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as he first set foot on the moon: “one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” He made it look easy, but America’s journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, into orbit, America had barely crossed the starting line of the great Space Race. Still, we didn’t give up. With each failure, we gleaned valuable information about what went wrong, and how to avoid it in the future. So we tried again, and each time we failed, we failed a little bit better.

written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley - Children's, Children's 8-12, Nonfiction, Science, Technology

In this first installment of the brand new Epic Fails series, Ben Thompson and Erik Slader take readers through the Wright brothers' many mishaps and misadventures as they paved the way for modern aviation. The Epic Fails series takes a humorous and unexpected view of history, exploring the surprising stories behind a variety of groundbreaking discoveries, voyages, experiments and innovations, illustrating how many of mankind's biggest successes are in fact the result of some pretty epic failures.