The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody [NOOK Book]

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So you think you know most of what there is to know about people like Nero and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun, Lady Godiva and Miles Standish? You say there's nothing more to be written about Lucrezia Borgia? How wrong you are, for in these pages you'll find Will Cuppy footloose in the footnotes of history. He transforms these luminaries into human beings, not as we knew them from history books, but as we would have known ...
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Overview

So you think you know most of what there is to know about people like Nero and Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun, Lady Godiva and Miles Standish? You say there's nothing more to be written about Lucrezia Borgia? How wrong you are, for in these pages you'll find Will Cuppy footloose in the footnotes of history. He transforms these luminaries into human beings, not as we knew them from history books, but as we would have known them Cuppy-wise: foolish, fallible, and very much our common ancestors.

When it was first published in 1950, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody spent four months on The New York Times best-seller list, and Edward R. Murrow devoted more than two-thirds of one of his nightly CBS programs to a reading from Cuppy's historical sketches, calling it "the history book of the year." The book eventually went through eighteen hardcover printings and ten foreign editions, proof of its impeccable accuracy and deadly, imperishable humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567924732
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 381,706
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

American humorist and journalist William Jacob “Will” Cuppy is famous for his satirical books, articles, essays and reviews. He studied literature at the University of Chicago and established his career writing for several major New York publications.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I It Seems There Were Two Egyptians
Cheops, or Khufu 7
Hatshepsut 17
Part II Ancient Greeks and Worse
Pericles 29
Alexander the Great 38
Hannibal 46
Cleopatra 55
Nero 61
Part III Strange Bedfellows
Attila the Hun 71
Charlemagne 78
Lady Godiva 86
Lucrezia Borgia 96
Philip the Sap 106
Part IV A Few Greats
Louis XIV 113
Madame DU Barry 122
Peter the Great 132
Catherine the Great 141
Frederick the Great 149
Part V Merrie England
William the Conqueror 159
Henry VIII 166
Elizabeth 172
George III 180
Part VI Now We're Getting Somewhere
Leif the Lucky 189
Christopher Columbus 194
Montezuma 200
Captain John Smith 206
Miles Standish 212
Part VII They All Had Their Fun
Some Royal Pranks 219
Some Royal Stomachs 222
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Still Funny After All These Years

    When I was about 10 years old (I'm 60 now) my parents had this book and I loved it. I have wondered for many years if it was still in print and highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in history and a keen sense of humor. A great spoof of the famous and infamous!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Cuppy is Brilliant

    This book is a rare find--it deals with history's most colorful characters, managing to be simultaneously hilarious, witty, wry, insightful, and true. From a man who can catch the OED in error, humor is the last thing you'd expect, and you get it in spades.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    7 long years for this book

    This book is so good that it can make you smile if not laughing, all the time. This book has been my obssesion for 7 years, I am so glad now I find it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Real History. Real Smart. Real Funny.

    Factually true, laugh-out-loud-funny characterizations of famous historical figures.

    Will Cuppy was a genius with a dark sense of humor, and a touch of the misanthrope. Very scholarly - he would do extensive research, taking notes on hundreds of 3x5 cards before beginning a piece - yet the flow of his writing seems almost off-the-cuff. The more you know about history, the more you'll laugh.

    A great gift for a well-read friend or a professor/teacher of history!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    The REAL stories

    These are funny stories about 'great' people that we never learned in school. And it's too bad. You would think some college professor, at least, might suggest this. But, oh well. Very entertaining look at how utterly human some of the biggest names in history really were.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2000

    Good history

    As painless a history lesson as you'll ever get. Unless, of course, you have heart attack or asthma attack from the laughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    I had this book in my office,I got it from father,It got me thro

    I had this book in my office,I got it from father,It got me through some very bad days. Then somebody TOOK IT. I know how lame this sounds but I could not remember the name of the author. Tried to find it for several years but no dice. Then I got nook and there it was.This will get me through retirement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    For those ignorant of history!

    If you have a eight-grade level education or above, then stay away from this book. This book is for people that do not know anything about history. The chapters are very short and the author does not contribute any new facts about the people he wrote about... and how could he if at the time of publishing he was dead (the book was published by his estate). Also, the sense of humor is a little out-dated: you can find some sexists jokes appropriate for the fifties, but not for today. Stay away from this book if you are a history enthusiast. He has so many footnotes that it is impossible to follow the reading, and even that would be OK if the footnotes were remotely interesting, but they are not. He attempts to make the reading funny, but he falls way short of his goal. Furthermore, since the book was written in the 50's, I'm sure some of the information is incorrect and outdated. Anyway, did not enjoy it and would not recommend it.

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