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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: This is not your boring high school history—this is tough, manly, unrelentingly Badass! Paperbackpages. Published October 27th by William Morrow Paperbacks first published fo To see what your friends thought toughset this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Badassplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 15, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Ben Thompson rolled a fatty, poured some suds and gathered together 40 historical figures from widely disparate backgrounds, time periods and levels of morality that represent the toughest, most victorious, most testosterone-laden men and women in all of history.
The one common trait…. This is one of the rare times that a historical analysis can be accurately described using the phrase romp… Here butchery, babe magnets and d-bag killing men-children blend in like commas and periods. Welcome to history on the FX channel.
The good news for anyone testing this book out is that you will know within the first 10 pages whether this induces a love connection or an allergic reaction. As for me, it gave me a happy.
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The book is broken down into 40 short chapters, varying in length from pages to around Each chapter addresses a different ths badass. In my case, these sorted themselves into 3 main categories: This grouping includes those historical figures of whom I had previously read, studied or had more than passing familiarity with, including the likes of: However, the recap is still very entertaining.
Plus, it was not all old hat for me with respect to these figures as in some cases I got a greater sense ot just how mega these chaps were in the nut-cracking department.
Take for instance this blurb on Alexander the Ondlaught Not even life-threatening wounds could slow down this human torture rack, and no amount of physical pain or suffering could keep him from personally leading his men on balls-out cavalry charges all over tughest Middle Warkords.
During his adventures slicing dudes up across the entire onsslaught of Asia, Alexander was shot with arrows in both things, the ankle, the shoulder, and the lung, stabbed in the head and thigh, clubbed in the neck, smashed in the skull with a battle-axe, bitten by a lion, and nailed with a rock that was launched out of catapult.
He once dislocated his shoulder leaping off his horse onto one of his dismounted enemies. Hell, not even explosive diarrhea put a halt to his quest for ass-kicking; he once pursued a routed Scythian army for twelve miles while suffering from severe dysentery. In addition, there are a some wonderful historical quote spread throughout the book like this classic from Genghis Kahn: The second, and largest, category includes those figures that a I had either indirectly or casually read about but had not extensively studied e.
These entries were both entertaining and informative and get a aarlords thumbs up from me. Take Bruce Lee, for example. I have seen a bunch of his movies and know generally about his life. However, I was completely unaware that he used to get in real fights all…. I knew Lee was a badass….
This final category was the most rewarding for me because it was fun as hell and I ran into fascinating historical figures of whom I was almost completely ignorant…and in some cases you can scratch almost. Runaway slave who became one of baddest lawman of the American West.
The baddest ronin swordsman in Japan who fought and won over 60 duels between the age of 13 and In a massive dose of coincidence, I recently bought Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy written by Musashi and am now dying to read it soon. One of histories only female pirates and as mean and nasty as they come. Called the deadliest man alive, this is arguably the most successful U.
He helped establish the U. Wolf the Quarrelsome my relentlwss favorite name in the book: Irish barbarian and delentless of King Brian Boru. Only appears in history twice and both onslautht he is committing blood-soaked mayhem with his enemies.
This was a blast. I came very close to giving this one 5 stars. Still, for me at least, Thompson lands far more punches than he misses and I was generally smiling throughout with the occasional out loud guffaws. Definitely as much relwntless as I have ever had reading history. View all 35 comments. I gave myself five stars in a flagrant, unabashed display of shameless self-promotion. View all 3 comments. May 11, Scotty Schrier rated it it was amazing. Okay, kid onslaugbt are off.
You take the title of this book and multiply that bitch by like 10 or something. Then, go and punch a shark in the junk. To come close you’d have to conquer a nation After that, you’d have to survive some insurmountable odds Only Okay, kid gloves are off.
Only then could you be considered worthy enough for the people in this book. If only this shit had been taught like this in high school.
I’d be a fricken PHD by now! Mar 06, J. Ben Thompson has selected certain badass individuals from history and summarized their no-holds-barred lives by putting them up against his own ’90s pop culture measuring stick for badasses. In short, this book is enlightening at times, LOL-funny at times, and overall just face-explodingly victoriou Ben Thompson has onlsaught certain badass individuals from history and summarized their no-holds-barred lives by putting them up against his own ’90s pop culture measuring stick for badasses.
In short, this book is enlightening at times, LOL-funny at times, and overall just face-explodingly victorious! Though it took me a while to read this, it’s because 1 it was my bathroom reader of choice, and 2 I actually misplaced this book for about four months, because I’m a scatterbrained fool!
There’s a second book in this series: May 03, Dxmaniac69 rated it it was ok. A history book that describes various kick ass people in detail? Sounds like a great idea! Too bad the execution sucked. The problem is that the writer is too busy using modern hyperbole to describe each person that it just becomes silly.
For instance in one description the viking Harald Hardrada is described as doing a top rope elbow drop, while in another Miyamoto Musashi is described as rocking out to 80s metal.
Seriously, it ends up feeling like a 14 year old boy wrote the book. And because o A history book that describes various kick ass people in detail? And because of all the ridiculous hyperbole, there were a few times I couldn’t tell if the situation described was an exaggeration or an actual event.
I would have preferred if the author stuck to historical fact instead of trying to be amusing. It doesn’t help that it’s the same joke over and over again. Although, I did appreciate him calling a historical figure a “douche flavored taco. I just remember the phrase. History can be written to be accessible without it being written this juvenile. View all 4 comments. Feb 07, Monk rated it it was amazing. Let me be clear on this: This book is rude, profane, and is directed to people with the emotional maturity of a seventh grader.
And I laughed until it hurt. What I imagined was some marginally literate surfer dude who was given an encyclopedia of military history, and who keeps rushing into your dorm room screaming, “You gotta get a load of THIS!
The exuberance and enthusiasm of the author jumps Let me be clear on this: The exuberance and enthusiasm of the author jumps off the page, usually accompanied by a reference to scrotums.
Shouldn’t work, but it does.