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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

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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 480 BCE's second Persian War, White moves chronologically through history to this century's war in the Congo and devotes chapters to each event, where he surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories. With the eye of a seasoned statistician, White assigns each entry a ranking based on body count, and in doing so he gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch. By turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died, gives readers a chance to reach their own conclusions while offering a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.

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A compulsively readable and utterly original account of world history--from an atrocitologist's point of view.

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Matthew White is the creator of the online Historical Atlas of the 20th Century. His data has been cited by forty-five published books and eighty scholarly articles. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Antonio Gonzalez, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Antonio Gonzalez)
One of the funnest history books I read this year. The nature of this book means that the depth of information is sacrificed for the quantity of information, but it was well worth it. It gives you a quick overview of the major conflicts of human history and ignores patriotic agendas so you can put modern events in a realistic context.
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9780393081923
Author:
White, Matthew
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Military - General
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Military-General History
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World History-General
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20111131
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HARDCOVER
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English
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20 black-and-white illustrations and 4 m
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688
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9.25 x 7 in

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