The Pessimist's Guide to History
An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres and Mayhem from the Big Bang to the New Millennium
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Pessimist's Guide to History by Stuart Berg Flexner
Book DescriptionThe classic look at the past with a very jaundiced eye-now updated with even more disheartening facts! The original "irreverent jaunt through the catastrophes, cataclysms and outrages that shaped our world" has sold more than 73,000 copies. This updated edition takes us from the Big Bang (it was an explosion, after all) to the turn of the millennium, with more than 10,000 new words and 100 new entries that chronicle the disasters, bad decisions, and downright evil events that have taken place since September 1991 (the last entry in the first book). With a light but informative tone and a handy timeline of events, this is addictively friendly fare for those who want a different--some might argue more intriguing-view of history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780060957452
(203mm x 135mm x 26mm)
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stuart Berg Flexner
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For every spectacular discovery throughout history, there have been a hundred devastating epidemics; for every benevolent despot, a thousand like Vlad the Impaler; for every cup half-full, a larger cup half-empty. This guide offers presents the darkest events in history.
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Author Biography - Stuart Berg Flexner
Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner are popular reference historians. Doris Flexner, who did all the updates on this book, is also the author of The Optimist's Guide to History. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
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