The World's Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilization

by Joseph Cummins

Fair Winds Press | December 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history-from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history.

Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shocking, archival images gathered from around the world, The World's Bloodiest History combines compelling depictions of momentous events with fascinating character portraits and arresting eyewitness accounts to create an absorbing, multifaceted chronicle of a sobering, all-too-human legacy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: December 1, 2009

Publisher: Fair Winds Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592334024

ISBN - 13: 9781592334025

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The World's Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilization

The World's Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilization

by Joseph Cummins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: December 1, 2009

Publisher: Fair Winds Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1592334024

ISBN - 13: 9781592334025

About the Book

Joseph Cummins has identified sixteen events in history so traumatic that they changed the course of history. They are unforgettable moments that intimidated masses of soldiers, rallied armies for revenge or shocked the public into action for better or worse. Each one lives on in infamy and has left an indelible mark on our story. Each one changed the way millions of people think. Each one had an affect that lasted hundreds of years. Here Joseph Cummins's skilled research instincts for finding every gory detail and disturbing fact is employed to impressive effect. He brings to life tragic stories and reveals their great impact on the world from the Holocaust to the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam to St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 that pitted Catholics against Protestants for generations.

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In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history-from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history.

Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shocking, archival images gathered from around the world, The World's Bloodiest History combines compelling depictions of momentous events with fascinating character portraits and arresting eyewitness accounts to create an absorbing, multifaceted chronicle of a sobering, all-too-human legacy.

About the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks, War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns, History's Great Untold Stories, and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. He has also edited two anthologies for Lyon's Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told, and written a novel, The Snow Train. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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Bookviews “Even a casual reading of history reveals that the past 5,000 years of human ‘civilization’ have been filled with the most horrific cruelty and The World’s Bloodiest History by Joseph Cummins is testimony to that. Suffice it to say this is not light reading, but it does address questions such as why mobs become killing machines, the Nazis could craft a deliberate genocide, political ideologies become killing grounds, and all the worst aspects of human behavior, zealotry, prejudices, and animosities fuel the never-ending scars on civilization as it progresses from one event to another.”   Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history—from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history. Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shock
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