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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities Hardcover – November 7, 2011
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“A fascinating read thanks to White’s keen grasp of history and his wry take on the villains of the past.”
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About the Author
Matthew White is the creator of the online Historical Atlas of the 20th Century. His data has been cited by forty-five published books and eighty scholarly articles. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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It's not a book you sit down and read in a sitting. Instead, it's great for moments of downtime, or a few chapters before bed.
It tells us everything we need to know about human nature.
It supports my belief that until our species understands
our 'nature' we are doomed to repeat these 'atrocitites'.
Should be required reading for all senior high school
and college students.
The author's clean and even-handed and light style keeps the horrificness of it all not just bearable but downright fascinating.
How we manage to so efficiently find ways to slaughter ourselves, show the most savage of instincts and yet continue to grow and grow in population!
A book about as solid as some very iffy historical evidence regarding numbers (and here is where a good deal of doubt creeps in) of the slaughtered and size of armies permits.
It's divided up nicely and each event is highlighted in bite size chunks allowing you to read just one or two stories right before bed.