The Pessimist's Guide To History: An Irresistible Compendium Of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres And Mayhem From The Big Bang To by Doris Flexner

The Pessimist's Guide To History: An Irresistible Compendium Of Catastrophes, Barbarities…

byDoris Flexner

Paperback | June 20, 2000

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The 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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The 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 ...

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Title:The Pessimist's Guide To History: An Irresistible Compendium Of Catastrophes, Barbarities…Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:June 20, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006095745x

ISBN - 13:9780060957452

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Take a journey back in time and receive a fascinating review of catastrophes and turmoil from the past to the millennium. This newly updated edition by Stuart and Doris Flexner has more than 100 new entries that chronicle many disasters, mass destruction and chaotic events of the past century. The Pessimist’s Guide to History: An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem from the Big Band to the New Millennium has a light but informative flair with a useful timeline for those who want a view of history that textbooks cannot offer.

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"A tongue-in-cheek romp through the bleak house of history most textbooks ignore." -- Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much about History""Just for fun, an antidote to humanity's nobler history...entertaining and informative."--"New York Daily News