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Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned
     

Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned

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by Ben Thompson
 

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Ben Thompson—author of Badass, creator of the epic website badassoftheweek.com, and the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—is back to enthrall lovers of skull-smashing, bone-crushing bad behavior with his latest compendium, Badass: The Birth of a Legend. Like its macho predecessor, Badass: The Birth of a Legend

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Ben Thompson—author of Badass, creator of the epic website badassoftheweek.com, and the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—is back to enthrall lovers of skull-smashing, bone-crushing bad behavior with his latest compendium, Badass: The Birth of a Legend. Like its macho predecessor, Badass: The Birth of a Legend celebrates fearless berserkers of every stripe, male and female, but this time pulls them from the hoary pages of mythology, fantasy fiction, and the silver screen—from Zeus to Beowulf to Dirty Harry Callahan, the most merciless gods, monsters, heroes, villains, and mythical creatures ever envisioned. Forget your whiny Twilight vampires and werewolves, these badasses kick butt!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his first book, Badass, Thompson, creator of the Web site badassoftheweek.com, focused on warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who actually existed; in this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses throughout history. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson delivers detailed and adrenaline-fueled screeds on 40 characters "whose stories of ball-crushing conquest are still awesome enough to make even the tamest readers want to snatch up a sword and go hunting for dragon meat." Subjects include El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is just the beginning of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from Doctor Who ("these murderous, automated salt-shakers are vile constructs of pure evil"). Fortunately, the book includes badass women as well as men, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even further when describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's not consuming the entrails of the gods, getting drunk on human blood, performing her Dance of Annihilation... she shoots blood out of her mouth like a fire hose... she's pretty much the most totally metal being ever." (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062074942
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Series:
Badass Series
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,089,401
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.

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Badass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The title will kick most people's butts as BADASS is a not fiction, but a terrific forty entry short biographical accounts of some of the toughest warriors in history. The book is divided into four sections (Antiquities, The Middle Ages, The Age Of Gunpowder, and The Modern Era) with ten entries in each. The Antiquities and The Middle ages are fascinating for those who are lesser known like Julia "the black widow of Rome" Grippina and Indian Warlord Chandraguupta Maurya although the writings on Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, von Richtofen of Snoopy and music renown and Leonids of 300 Men fame are quite good. The other three sections contain some ass whippers from Napoleon to Pattern to Bruce Lee to Testa. All the entries are fun to read as gender and location is not a prerequisite to warriors entering a butt kicking battle in which the leader knows he or she will leave dead and maimed on the battlefield, but as Ben Thompson cites Mike Tyson with "I want your heart. I want to eat your children". This is what makes a true BADASS and this biography an entertaining read as real persona like Wolf the Quarrelsome barbarian and Bhanbhagta Gurung the fearless Gurkha make this fun for the armchair warrior. . Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing most history buffs wouldn't already know, however the writing style had me laughing continuously. If my teachers spoke like this in school, they would have definitely kept my attention for the whole class
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fiber_lover More than 1 year ago
As my husband was recuperating from hip surgery, he would help me fix supper by reading one of these chapters. It was an awesome way to improve his mood and help me through the chores. All ages will enjoy it!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the read. It was very entertaining and will buy the other book that Ben Thompson wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are fast reads, well written, highly entertaining, and when possible, well researched. chapters range from Micheal the Archangel and Beowolf to a super human Marine sniper and the even Mr. T and a disabled was veteran who long ago lived in a galaxy far, far away. My favorite chapter was on Sampson from the Old Testament book of Judges. Great stuff. I have bought several copies of both books and give them as a set as gifts. Worth it!
Bulldog056 More than 1 year ago
I liked his first book a little better but found this one just as good. Kept my attion all the way through and did not disapoint in the humor department at all.
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MichaeltheNookGuy More than 1 year ago
I found this book very original and fun. Any fans of history and mythology with some humor thrown in will love this book. Writing in the language of today's youth, the author gives thorough overviews of all of our favorite heroes from mythology. From Zeus to Dirty Harry, they are all covered here. -Michael
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