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Posted January 1, 2014
This was the first history book I've ever read outside of school
This was the first history book I've ever read outside of school and I have to say that it was fantastic. I was not before, but am now a sort of history buff. This book discusses 100 terrible events in history in chronological order describing some truly unique event in history I had never heard of. For each event the author informs you of whom is most often blamed for the atrocity (note the author does not assign the blame himself, only tells you who historians typically blame).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book is written with a dose of humor and a touch of pessimism and is very entertaining.
Another thing worth mentioning is this historian is not afraid to admit that historical records (especially the ancient ones) should have a degree error associated with their numbers. He points out often that the number of lives lost in some battles are disputed among historians and thus we must make assumptions as to what really happens. He also reminds you that history is written by man, and typically those who win wars, and what you read should be taken with a grain of salt. A great book for the coffee table because it provides very interesting short reads.