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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    An Unnecessary Book

    Borrowed this book from my local library believing that the premise has some sort of potential, however it proved quite disappointing. It is a voyeuristic history, one that is almost obscene...the numbers eventually become meaningless. The historical synopsis of each event (especially the ancient events) are inaccurate, vague and highly generalized. This is history in masturbatory form-a lazy work; ideally I assume for a reader that appreciates the historical merit of "Storage Wars," or some other insufferable thing from the History Channel.

    Those who are looking for a better read: I suggest "The Pessimist's Guide to History," which has a better narrative and a concise chronology of events.

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