“The geopolitical equivalent of scorecards that get hawked at ball games. Only Bob could make a user’s guide to our increasingly hostile world this absorbing, this breezy, and—ultimately—this hopeful.”
, author of Brainiac
“It takes deft touch to combine this much-needed research with a razor-sharp wit... You’ll laugh ‘til you cry, but at least you’ll be one step ahead of CNN.”
, author of Supermob
and The Outfit
“If you read one book this year, be like me and choose this one.”
“Bob Harris, perpetual Jeopardy
underdog, now turns his polymathic curiosity to the subject of GLOBAL CONFLICT—the result: this handy history of violence that is at once surprising, fascinating, enlightening, and surprisingly: NOT TOTALLY DEPRESSING. A gimlet-eyed look at the world we endure that’s also suitable for enjoying with a gimlet.”
— John Hodgman
, author of The Areas of My Expertise
and correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
About the Author
BOB HARRIS is the author of Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!
, and has written for media ranging from National Lampoon to the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He lives in Los Angeles.