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Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
Badass A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords Vikings Samurai Pirates Gunfighters and Military Commanders to Ever Live Author:Ben Thompson 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 blood-lust on anyone who crossed them. T... more »hey 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 . . . Bad-ass!
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 received 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 bad-ass.« less
Kerry (tashafan) reviewed Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live on + 10 more book reviews
This book has it's good points and bad ones. As the title says it's written about some of history's most notorious badasses. It was interesting to read about a lot of the people I'd never heard about, especially some of the featured women. However I wasn't able to finish the book because his sense of humor and style of writing were a little too much for me. His wording reminds me of a biographer writing with "American Pie" dialogue, and after I'd read words like dick and douche for what seemed like the millionth time I couldn't stomach it anymore.
I did appreciate that he wrote this from a non-traditional, humorist point of view though. His humor wasn't my style, but I think a lot of people will like this book and definitely do recommend it to anyone who enjoys his approach to writing or is just looking for a book that approaches history from another angle.