Synopses & Reviews
An unstoppable collection of the most hardcore figures who ever strapped on chain mail and ran screaming into battle.
Throughout history — from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era — there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all . . . Badass.
- Chandragupta Maurya — An Indian warlord who commanded an army of drunken war elephants and employed an elite detachment of highly trained female bodyguards
- Peter Francisco — An unsung hero of the American Revolution, this powerful giant battled the British with a massive five-foot-long broadsword
- Wolf the Quarrelsome — A mysterious barbarian leader who only appears in history twice - and both times he's kicking someone's ass
- Bhanbhagta Gurung — A fearless Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross by clearing out six Japanese foxholes with nothing more than grenades, a bayonet, and a knife
From Alexander the Great to George S. Patton, from Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee, this pantheon of ass-kicking awesomeness should inspire you to quit your stupid job and dive headfirst into a new career as a professional badass.
From the roughest warlords, Vikings, and samurai to pirates, gunfighters, and military commanders, Badass presents a collection of the most awesome historical figures to ever run screaming into battle. Their bone-breaking exploits are illustrated by top artist from the fields of gaming, comics, and cards — DC Comics illustrator Matt Haley and Thomas Denmark, illustrator for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This is not your boring high school history — this is tough, manly, unrelentingly Badass!
The badasses populating the pages of Badass are the most savagely awesome historical figures to ever strap on a pair of chain mail gauntlets and run screaming into battle. Author Ben Thompson—considered by many to be the Internets foremost expert on badassitude—has gathered together a rogues gallery of butt-stomping rogues, from Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan to Blackbeard, George S. Patton, and Bruce Lee. Their bone-breaking exploits are illustrated by top artist from the fields of gaming, comics, and cards—DC Comics illustrator Matt Haley and Thomas Denmark, illustrator for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This is not your boring high school history—this is tough, manly, unrelentingly Badass!
About the Author
Ben Thompson graduated cum laude from the honors program at Florida State University with degrees in history and political science, and has run the war hammer of a website, badassoftheweek.com, since 2004. 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.