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.
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.