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 element of view.
Evangelists of human growth meet their contrary in Matthew White's epic exam of history's 100 so much 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 struggle, White strikes chronologically via background to this century's warfare within the Congo and devotes chapters to every occasion, the place he surrounds challenging proof (time and position) and succinct takeaways (who frequently will get the blame?) with vigorous army, social, and political histories. With the attention of a professional statistician, White assigns each one access a score in keeping with physique count number, and in doing so he supplies voice to the discomfort of normal people who, inexorably, has outlined each ancient epoch. by means of turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and eventually sympathetic to people who died, The nice substantial ebook of terrible Things provides readers an opportunity to arrive their very own conclusions whereas providing a stark reminder of the darkness of the human middle. 20 black-and-white illustrations and four maps

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