The Pessimist's Guide to History

The Pessimist's Guide to History

An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem -- From 14 Billion Years Ago to 2007

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The classic irreverent look at the past--now updated with even more appalling facts!

Fourteen billion or so years ago, the Big Bang exploded--and it's been downhill from there. For every spectacular discovery throughout history, there have been hundreds of devastating epidemics; for every benevolent despot, a thousand like Vlad the Impaler; for every cup half-full, a larger cup half-empty. This enthralling, enlightening, and devilishly entertaining chronicle of disasters and dastardly deeds brings to light the darkest events in history and the most abysmal calamities to strike the planet . . . so far.

88 BC: Mithridates VI Eupator provides an early example of genocide by massacring 100,000 Romans.

1347: Saint Vitus' Dance Epidemic shimmies across Europe like a deadly disco fever, leaving its victims twitching, uncontrollably leaping, and foaming at the mouth.

1888: Jack the Ripper stalks through the dark alleys of Whitechapel, England, turning the world's oldest profession into the world's most dangerous one.

1939: A Swiss chemist wins a Nobel Prize for developing DDT--and the environment gets another nail in the coffin.

2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast. In a classic double whammy, the government response also devastates the Gulf Coast.

And much, much more!

Publisher: New York : Collins, 2008
Edition: Updated 3rd ed. 1st Collins ed
ISBN: 9780061431012
006143101X
Branch Call Number: 902 Flexner 2008
902 Flexner 2008
Characteristics: x, 499 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Flexner, Doris

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ackeemduggan1 Sep 22, 2015

long book but its the best.

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