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An Atlas of Extinct Countries Kindle Edition
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★ “This book is a sparkling gem.”—Booklist (Starred Review)
“Defoe brings a light touch to this unique collection... The author’s superior talent for vivid similes and punchy writing do justice to the tales of megalomaniacs and fools. This is perfect for fans of Atlas Obscura.”—Publishers Weekly
“Both educational and entertaining, An Atlas of Extinct Countries is an irreverent look at the history of defunct nations and the larger-than-life personalities behind them.”—ForeWord Reviews
“As fun and light-hearted as Defoe’s writing seems on the surface, there’s always a comment being made. Great fun.”—The Independent
“Defoe keeps things moving along and has a winning proclivity toward footnotes—where he does some of his best writing—and nonsensical asides.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Equal parts satire and farce as if written by Monty Python, Defoe skewers everyone and everything in a laugh-out-loud performance.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Very funny, very silly and highly original.”—Esquire
“One of the biggest joys in my life this year, stuffed with witty one-liners and good-humored observations on the human condition.”—Sacramento News & Review
“Throughout the book, Defoe manages to mix nonsensical jokes with subtle social commentary… Equal parts witty and absurd, it will put a smile on the face of even the stiffest reader.”—Memphis Flyer
“Not just a recitation of nations that no longer exist, An Atlas of Extinct Countries is a very pointed and very funny critique of nation-states, borders, and the flawed men who make them....a timely cautionary history.”—Lesley Rains, City of Asylum Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gideon Defoe is the author of The Pirates! book series and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar nominated Aardman film The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. He has written about how animals have sex and penned a computer game tie-in novel for Gollancz. He does film development work with Locksmith Animation and Studio Canal, and is developing a sitcom with BBC studios.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08JHHL7YZ
- Publisher : Europa Compass (June 8, 2021)
- Publication date : June 8, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 18284 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #306,640 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Amazon Customer on October 13, 2020
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• Good at borrowing money and not paying it back;
• Bum at choosing locations for their country;
• Useless at managing a country;
• Unable to either defend against the various colonial empires or to sell their own country to these empires;
• Great at designing flags and uniforms.
So basically stupid, and worryingly, able to persuade people to get involved in their schemes, many of whom lost their lives due to famine, disease or other avoidable disasters.
Learnt something very interesting about the Vanuatu island and their hairless pigs, who are pseudo hermaphrodites – whereby the males have internal testes.
There is an article in 2006, by Lum et al in the PNAS journal, that days – pig is food in itself but is also a food storage unit, thus we obtain societal wealth and ecological balance by a form of competitive giving – of the pig.
Some pigs become ritual animals and are considered to have the equivalent status to a ‘man of title’ as they are very difficult to rear and being hairless suffer from sunburn. They are therefore extremely valuable in the pig hierarchy.