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

Paperback | June 20, 2000

byDoris Flexner

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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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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 I...

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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 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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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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pessimist's Guide to History: An Irresistible I absolutely loved this book. History from the beginning to now, done in small, succinct paragraphs. What a great way to get a slice of our history without being bored. The sarcastic wit adds to the joy of reading this book. And even though you can put the book down at any time because it's written in paragraph form, I couldn't because it was so interesting and I just needed to know more, more and more.
Date published: 2001-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The pessimists guide to history Although I enjoyed this book immensely, there is nothing that I could say that is good about this book. Why? It is an excellent book about bad things. Death, destruction, and disaster, all the negative events that ever happened throughout history are complied for an informative and page turning read. This is a tiltle that I recommend to the percentage of my friends that I would concider pessimists.I would also recommend to those who are optimists as well. An Enjoyable read about bad things.
Date published: 2000-07-25

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From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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