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The Pessimist's Guide to History : An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem - Doris Flexner

The Pessimist's Guide to History

An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem

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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

ISBN: 9780061431012
ISBN-10: 006143101X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st June 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.6  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised