The Great Big Book of Horrible Things
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Was the 20th century really the most violent? Have religions or tyrants, capitalism or communism, caused the most suffering? Meticulously researched yet suffused with dark hilarity, this sobering chronicle spans two millennia of human conflict and 100 of its worst atrocities, from Alexander the Great to Saddam Hussein. Built from startling facts and appalling statistics, it starkly illustrates Gibbon's assertion that history is 'little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind'.