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Epic Fails

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Epic Fails

written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley

Epic Fails

Books in this series

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.

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 - Biography, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Humor, Nonfiction

From heroic George Washington to the dastardly Richard Nixon, the oval office has been occupied by larger-than-life personalities since 1789. The position comes with enormous power and responsibility, and every American president thus far has managed to achieve great things. However, the President of the United States is only human --- and oftentimes far from perfect. While some men suffered through only minor mishaps during their time in office, others are famously remembered for leaving behind much bigger messes.