An unstoppable collection of the most hardcore figures who ever strapped on chain mail and ran screaming into battle
Throughout history—from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era—there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all . . . Badass!
An Indian warlord who commanded an army of drunken war elephants and employed an elite detachment of highly trained female bodyguards
An unsung hero of the American Revolution, this powerful giant battled the British with a massive five-foot-long broadsword
Wolf the Quarrelsome
A mysterious barbarian leader who only appears in history twice—and both times he's kicking someone's ass
A fearless Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross by clearing out six Japanese foxholes with nothing more than grenades, a bayonet, and a knife
From Alexander the Great to George S. Patton, from Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee, this pantheon of ass-kicking awesomeness should inspire you to quit your stupid job and dive headfirst into a new career as a professional badass.
Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.
Repetitively written, this one joke pony beats that one pony to death throughout, using misplaced modern similes to jack worthy historical figures and make them into caricatures. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Eidetic Reader
Funny and educational. I like the focus on the individuals in this book. A lot of history books talk about this or that army and mention a big shot, this talks about the big shots... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jason F.
Its written oddly. Im not sure if this is based on fact because of the way it is written.Published 2 months ago by Jo-Ann colangelo
I did not realize how tongue and check it was until I got into it. Still good for a laugh.Published 2 months ago by jasonowen75
Another Bad Ass success story- My son even corresponds with the writersPublished 3 months ago by pat
I like to read books that will augment my understanding of history, and sometimes much can be gained from an entertaining read that may not be too academically heavy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miroku Nemeth