Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen (book free today)

It really doesn’t. Any man-made disaster usually has seven cascade events, with the seventh being the disaster. At least one of the six previous ones is always human error, if not more. Thus there is a Gift to Failure, if we study it, in order to prevent future, similar failures.

Today 2/16 and tomorrow, 2/17, Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen: The Gift of Failure I is free on Kindle. It examines seven great failures and the events leading up to them.

This book is about catastrophes and how to avoid them, mitigate their effects and learn from them as seen from the perspective of the Masters of Chaos: United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets). Taking the attitude shit happens is negative and is fatal. In this book we learn why propane has a smell; how crash positions in airplanes were refined; how economic bubbles happen over and over; how failures in leadership lead to murder, cannibalism and massacre; and much more.

Titanic: Systematic FailureKegworth Plane Crash: The Danger of Deferring to Authority and ExpertsLittle Big Horn: Leadership FailureNew London Schoolhouse Explosion: Lack of FocusThe Donner Party: Social DisintegrationFrom Tulips to the Housing Bubble: Greed Overwhelms Reality

Apollo 13: Success Snatched from the Jaws of Catastrophe

Originally published at on February 16, 2019.

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