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.
The writing style makes otherwise tedious subject matter very interesting.
And it's great reading about great historical figures that have faded into obscurity until this book brought them to light.
Allowing people to laugh at such things makes it easier to read and also makes you want to keep reading it!
I love this book! The history is so interesting and Ben Thompson has written it such a way that it is a blast to read! I laughed and laughed! And I learned at the same time!Published 24 days ago by Eve Baughman
a lot of history I never heard of. a good read. lots of facts on crazy killers
Will be looking forward to more of his books.
I highly recommend this to any person who has an interest in historical figures but who finds history dry & boring. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Xena's Bard
I read this book. I love this book. Great condition! Great read! I encourage everyone to read the book. Satisfied.Published 4 months ago by Paul
You would think that the over-the-top purple prose would get tiring... it does not!
Like a literary Undertaker, tombstoning the English language, Ben is to biographies... Read more
Ben Thompson's "Badass" isn't just hilarious, it's educational!
Never before have I laughed out loud so obnoxiously while learning about the same material I used... Read more