The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
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Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy
Book DescriptionSo you think you know most of what there is to kow about people like Nero and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun, Lady Godica and Miles Standish? You say there's nothing more to be written about Lucrezia Borgia? How wrong you are, for in these pages you'll find Will Cuppy footloose in the footnotes of history. He transforms these luminaries into human beings, not as we knew them from history books, but as we would have known them Cuppy-wise: foolish, fallible, and very much our common ancestors. When it was first published in 1950, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody spent four months on The New York Times best-seller list, and Edward R. Murrow devoted more than two-thirds of one of his nightly CBS programs to a reading from Cuppy's historical sketches, calling it the history book of the year. The book eventually went through eighteen hardcover printings and ten foreign editions, proof of its impeccable accuracy and deadly, imperishable humor.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781567923773
Paperback / softback
(208mm x 137mm x 20mm)
Imprint: David R. Godine Publisher
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Will Cuppy was one of the original staff of Harold Ross's "New Yorker" and the author of "The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody". He is also, says PG Wodehouse in his introduction to this volume, 'the author of the best thing said about Pekingese, viz. 'I don't know why they look so conceited. They're no better than we are.'
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Just what was so great about Peter, Catherine, Frederick and Alexander? What did Cleopatra see to admire in the fat man with a beard, Mark Anthony? Why do people suffer from Montezuma's revenge? This title takes you on a journey through the annals of history with the heroes and villains of the past as your fellow travellers.
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