The Low Brow Guide to World History

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History—long ennobled as the privileged domain of lofty scholars and erudite minds—really just boils down to four things if you think about it. Who killed who, who conquered who, who screwed who, and in what order.

Humanity's story, properly told, is every bit as bawdy as a sailor's yarn, as juicy as a telenovela, as real and relevant as a night on the town with your ...
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New York 2004 Soft Cover New 5 x 7. Provides a humorous alternative explanation for historical events and persons, for example: Alexander the Not so Great, Tutankhamen, The King ... of Bling, and many other topics. Illustrated. Read more Show Less

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History—long ennobled as the privileged domain of lofty scholars and erudite minds—really just boils down to four things if you think about it. Who killed who, who conquered who, who screwed who, and in what order.

Humanity's story, properly told, is every bit as bawdy as a sailor's yarn, as juicy as a telenovela, as real and relevant as a night on the town with your drinking buddies. Problem is, it's usually told by Ivory Tower academics and droning documentarians.

The Lowbrow Guide to World History is here to set the record straight, summing up our sordid past in terms we can all understand. Refreshingly conversational and breezy, it recounts events the same way you'd tell a friend about your morning commute or what happened on your favorite sitcom.

Posing questions real people would ask — Could Christopher Columbus even navigate his way out of a paper bag? Were the conquistadores stupid, or what? Which of Henry VIII's wives was most beddable? Who was crazier, Caligula or Nero?—author Michael Powell gets to the bottom of legendary figures' motivations and methods and shows why we should still be interested in them today.

Witty? Irreverent? Nontraditional? Even raunchy and sophomoric? Thankfully, yes! The Lowbrow Guide to World History reminds us how much we can learn when we remember not to take ourselves too seriously.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760762776
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2004
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Thin, but Funny!

    I selected "The Low Brow Guide" for its title, and it certainly lived up to it. This book isn't for the serious world history student (or teacher) but is a pleasant diversion from the stuffy, overly-serious works one is sometimes forced to read. I was also surprised at how short it was...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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