The book is one of those that has an almost vice like grip on your brain as you start reading about the stupidity that has invaded the minds of some of history's biggest stars. It is almost voyeuristic in that you are taking a fleeting glimpse at history through the key hole.
The book starts out with Adam and Eve, the Original Idiots, and sets the rest of the stupidity that follows on the original sin.
The entries include classics such as the trade of Manhattan Island for Run Island by the Dutch by Johan de Witt. The Dutch seem to have erred in making that deal, don't you think?
Other entries include Custer and his last stand at the Little Big Horn, Winston Churchill's folly at Gallipoli, Maralinga and the British Nuclear Testing in Australia's outback, Union Carbide and Bhopal, Chernobyl, and Mugabe, among a total of 50 entries.
It is a great little read and does not take that long to plough through. I actually did it in one sitting over a great many hours! However, it was one of those books that has that perverse kind of attraction in that each time you go to put the book down you think, I will just read one more stupid decision and then go to bed, and then you end up reading it to the end.