Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

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by Matthew White
     
 

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“An amusing (really) account of the murderous ways of despots, slave traders, blundering royals, gladiators and assorted hordes.”—New York Times

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,

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“An amusing (really) account of the murderous ways of despots, slave traders, blundering royals, gladiators and assorted hordes.”—New York Times

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 the Second Persian War in 480 BCE and moving chronologically through history, White surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories.

Editorial Reviews

NPR
“Genius.”
Washington Post
“[White] doesn’t take sides so much as report the facts—and the death tolls. . . . Full of fascinating information about parts of the world little-known to most Westerners.”
Military Review
“White . . . gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch.”
Christian Science Monitor
“A fascinating read thanks to White’s keen grasp of history and his wry take on the villains of the past.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393083309
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
294,553
File size:
4 MB

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