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Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge: A Wickedly Smart Guide to History's Naughtiest Bits (Mental Floss Presents)

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Think of anything bad, from art heists to Genghis Kahn, and it's likely to be included in this wickedly smart and humorous guide to the seedy underbelly of basically everything. The brainiac team at "mental_floss", creators of the hit magazine and last year's Condensed Knowledge, have scoured the darkest, dirtiest corners of history and the globe to gather this ultimate collection of the bad stuff you're not supposed to know and you certainly never learned in school.

Organized by theme, with chapters for each of the seven deadly sins, the book includes feuds, plagiarists, hoaxes, lies, schemes, scandals, evil dictators, mob bosses, acts of revenge, angry queens, cannibals and much more, all organized into bite-sized—albeit foul-tasting—lists (i.e."The Fascist Style Guide: Five Dictator Grooming Tips", “Four Biblical Girls Gone Wild" and “Three Delicious Animals We Charbroiled Into Extinction."). It's the perfect way to add some spice to a dull conversation and proves that learning can be not only easy, but exquisitely sinful.

About the Author

Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur met as first year students at Duke University. Ignoring the lures of law school and investment banking, the pair co-founded mental_floss and have been grinning ever since. Maggie Koerth-Baker is a freelance journalist and a former assistant editor at mental_floss magazine, where she consistently astounded Will and Mangesh with her amazingness.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060784751
Subtitle:
A Wickedly Smart Guide to History's Naughtiest Bits
Editor:
Pearson, Will
Editor:
Hunt, Elizabeth
Editor:
Pearson, Will
Editor:
Hattikudur, Mangesh
Author:
Pearson, Will
Author:
Editors, Of Mental Floss
Author:
Mental Floss Publishing
Author:
Editors of Mental Floss
Author:
by Editors of Mental Floss
Editor:
Hattikudur, Mangesh
Editor:
Hunt, Elizabeth
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Reference-Encyclopedia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Mental Floss Presents
Publication Date:
20051101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.06x7.72x.84 in. 1.18 lbs.

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