The Great Big Book Of Horrible Things by Matthew WhiteThe Great Big Book Of Horrible Things by Matthew White

The Great Big Book Of Horrible Things

byMatthew White

Hardcover | February 12, 2012

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Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to 480 BCE's second Persian War, White moves chronologically through history to this century's war in the Congo and devotes chapters to each event, where he surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories. With the eye of a seasoned statistician, White assigns each entry a ranking based on body count, and in doing so he gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch. By turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died, The Great Big Book of Horrible Things gives readers a chance to reach their own conclusions while offering a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.
Matthew White is the creator of the online Historical Atlas of the 20th Century. His data has been cited by forty-five published books and eighty scholarly articles. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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Title:The Great Big Book Of Horrible ThingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 2 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393081923

ISBN - 13:9780393081923

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've reread it multiple times. Whether you want to read it in bits, all in one go, or just want to use it as a macabre encyclopedia, i cannot recommend this book enough. Easy to read, well-researched, and offers a disturbingly complete history of the past 2500 years considering it only talks about events that killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensable, well-researched, and darkly humorous guide to history's bloodiest moments This book has passed a true test of a good book, a book that is over 500 pages goes by quite quickly and doesn't feel like it. In a lucid, entertaining, yet informative style he looks at history's bloodiest atrocities, even if they are not the most well known. He sheds light on events that I never knew existed and contains insightful, informative, and sometimes humours historical insights. Yet he never fails to treat the victims of these atrocities (and the atrocities themselves) withthe respect they deserve. A great read that should be experienced by everyone.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Good book. The writing style is easy to follow and keeps the reader engaged. good coffee table book which can lead to discussion.
Date published: 2016-11-24