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What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Five-Step Guide to Planning for and Surviving the Inevitable—And Coming Out Ahead by Frank Supovitz

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ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG

I never had the opportunity to meet Captain Edward A. Murphy, but he was my kind of guy. He was the actual Murphy behind Murphy’s Law. There are many versions of the origins of his eponymous law that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Like many famous attributions, it is questionable whether he was the first to say it, or whether he ever said it at all. After learning a little bit about Captain Murphy, it appeared to me that Murphy’s Law was not based on a sense of dark, foreboding pessimism, which spawned an industry of T-shirts, posters, and websites bursting with corollaries, extensions, and addenda applicable to a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. Murphy’s Law was based on an unflagging quest ...

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