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About the Author

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, college professor and martial artist. Born in Milan, Italy, he is part of a family of writers. His father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers, while his mother, Gloria, is the author of four books and a freelance journalist.

His first book published in the United States was On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology. It is one of the top modern bestsellers on the philosophy of martial arts and has been used as a textbook in several universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. A fourth-degree black belt, Bolelli has taught seminars about martial arts in schools around the world and has coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Bolelli is a lecturer at several major universities in Southern California. He is a professor in the History Department at Santa Monica College, teaching courses on the history of religions. He also teaches in the Asian American Studies and World Arts Cultures Departments at UCLA and the American Indian Studies Department at CSULB.

Bolelli is a regular contributor for several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. A graduate of UCLA with Bachelors and Masters degrees, he lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Series: Things You're Not Supposed to Know
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934708690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934708699
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great bathroom book, each entry being short enough to read in a couple of minutes, and packed with a sting that will make for some controversial dinner table talk or cocktail party conversation starter. Or should that be conflagration starter? Some of the facts that author Daniele Bolelli includes are bound to provoke those who stick closely to their particular brand of religious dogma, but it's seemingly well researched and he is a professor of comparative religion who writes with irreverent authority. This is a great book to leave lying around your home for others to find and freak out about. Highly Recommended.
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I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book. Being an atheist, I don't really care much about religion but can't stand to hear people bashing religious people...to each their own. But this book was actually intelligent. Sure it pointed out flaws in religions and poked a little fun here and there but provided the facts to be able to do so.
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I heard Daniele Bolelli on the podcast of one of my friends Spags (The Joe Rogan Experience), and I immediately picked up this book for Kindle. Simply put... the book is great. It's a boiled down version of the best stories that Bolelli picked out from his own (yet to be published?) 4 inch thick tome of washed over religious history.

Coming from having passed through the experience of enlightenment (being beyond religion to being fully entwined in spirituality) this book is a great reminder of how dogma often gets twisted into something other than what the spiritually inspired event would mean it to be. This is a definite must read for anyone who is interested in religious history, and who seeks the truth that lies just beyond it.

You should probably also check out Joe Rogan's podcast. It's pretty funny, and often discusses interesting topics such as this.
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I first came upon the book through a book club and a Joe Rogan Podcast episode and decided to buy it when I got my Kindle. The book is well written in a slightly amused "bet, you didn't think this happened" way which reminds you of that professor you had in college who would keep the class interesting. It goes through a lot of facts and asides from major events and aspects of religious lore and dates, etc. while explaining the events (gruesome and horrible truths from man's history) in a concise and interesting way.

Not by any stretch an authority book, but definitely well written, researched and fun way to learn a little more about our murky pasts full of killing, torture and general bad behavior in the name of religion.

Good buy and an excellent plane ride read.
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Many of the stories I have already heard or read before reading this book. Also it feels more like trivia than ground breaking information. Good for burning time, but don’t expect a great theological work.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, it's a page turner! The author managed to convey historical information in a funny and lighthearted manner. This book does a great job depicting individuals throughout history letting their egoistic pride get the best of them. Providing humble readers with pages and pages of funny stories.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun collection of lesser known stories that is well written and very enjoyable to read. I have read it multiple times and keep it on my coffee table to offer to guests that I think would enjoy it.
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I don't normally write book reviews out here, but I loved this book so much I
wanted to add my 5 star input to this small little book that's about the size of
a CD case.

50 short pieces of religious trivia that to quote the author "if you
believe that without blind faith you would be prey to senselessness and desperaton,
if dealing with complexity sends you running for the reassuring arms of dogma -
then this book is not for you. It will confuse you, anger you and ruin your digestion.
But if you feel like taking a weird, dangerous journey through world religions and
running into some of the very odd characters populating them - if you have a taste
for paradox and think that questioning authority should be an Olympic sport - then hop
on board."

Even if you think you know a lot about religious history, there should be something
here to entertain you even if you're not being newly informed. But 99% of us will be
informed as well. Mr. Bolelli takes no prisoners and all religions are fair game.
From the trial and retrials of dead popes, to varieties of Christianity prior to Constantine,
to the aberrations of faith by people we call lunatics, it's all here in 165 pages with another
9 pages of referenced further reading.

I can't wait for 50 more things Mr. Bolelli thinks I shouldn't know.
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