The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

Matthew White


A compulsively readable and completely unique account of worldwide history—from an atrocitologist’s aspect of view.
Evangelists of human growth meet their contrary in Matthew White's epic exam of history's 100 such a lot violent occasions, or, in White's piquant phraseology, "the numbers that folks are looking to argue about." attaining again to 480 BCE's moment Persian conflict, White strikes chronologically via heritage to this century's warfare within the Congo and devotes chapters to every occasion, the place he surrounds demanding proof (time and position) and succinct takeaways (who often will get the blame?) with full of life army, social, and political histories. With the attention of a professional statistician, White assigns every one access a score in response to physique count number, and in doing so he supplies voice to the ache of normal people who, inexorably, has outlined each old epoch. by way of turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and eventually sympathetic to those that died, The nice tremendous booklet of terrible Things offers readers an opportunity to arrive their very own conclusions whereas supplying a stark reminder of the darkness of the human center. 20 black-and-white illustrations and four maps

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