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Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year Paperback – April 18, 2017
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--Wall Street Journal
An upbeat catalog of defeats, faux pas and falls from grace that contributed to some very crummy moments.
--The Washington Post
Bad Days in History is a wonderful morbid and entertaining collection.
--Portland Book Review
Farquhar has proven with other books such as "A Treasury of Royal Scandals" and "Behind the Palace Doors" that he can deliver fun compilations of historical tidbits. "Bad Days in History" solidifies his reputation.
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- Publisher : National Geographic; Reprint edition (April 18, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1426218079
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426218071
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.51 x 1.24 x 8.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is true that, in general, I find trivia entertaining, and since I like history, this book made my day stretching into a few days while I read it. I may even read it again, and I never read a book twice.
The stories that stand out for me are quite a few, such as what happened to astronomer Tycho Brahe, The Great Emu War, when the sperm whale exploded in Oregon, Tom Shales going after Kathie Lee, Gifford, what the hotel-owner Steve Winn did to a priceless Picasso, the misprint in a 1632 Bible that says, “thou shalt commit adultery, The Birth of a Nation, D. W. Griffith’s 1915 film celebrating KKK, Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima’s ritual suicide going bad, what happened to Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris who were with Lincoln in the presidential box when he was assassinated many years after, and many other anecdotes all told with a clear, impartial language.
The anecdotes in the book are in a specific order, from January to the end of December, however with no chronology as to the year but to the day; for example, what happened in the twentieth century followed by another event in the sixteenth century and vice versa if they were in two same or consecutive days of a certain month. This alone makes the pacing interesting and keeps the reader paying attention. The lesson gathered from all this is that bad luck, mayhem, and misfortune can happen any day and any time of any month, regardless of the year or century.
Then, it is true that a good part of the book is somewhat dark and even graphic, but it is because the contents agree with the title, and no reader can fault that arrangement.
This book takes every day of the year and offers up mistakes, disasters, bad decisions, or otherwise bad things that happened on that day in history. The premise is interesting, and some of the days have more than one entry. From ancient history to more current, the entries cover a huge span of historical time, and as such are but thumbnail sketches. But that's one reason that makes this such a good book. Some of the entries have tweaked my curiosity enough to read further on the subject.
Highly recommended for history lovers as well as the general non-fiction reader.
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Testi molto simpatici, non sempre l'inglese è uno semplice, quindi non lo consiglio a chi non è almeno livello B2.
Copertina morbida, senza protezioni, carta non esattamente pregiata (leggermente grigia).