The Wicked History of the World (Horrible Histories)

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History with the nasty bits left in! 'The Wicked History of the World' presents the foul but fascinating story of humans from brain-nibbling Neanderthals to terrified teenage soldiers in the twentieth cantury - all in glorious and goriest colour. Want to know: * why Alexander the Great banned beards? * what smelly sport was played by samurai warriors? * who tried to bump off her enemies with a cake made with poisoned bath-water? Find out the truth about foul fighting in the Horrible Histories Rules of War, dare to visit the hideous homes in our Slum Street game and then brace yourself before you meet fifty of the most Vicious Villains of all time in our frightful fold-out feature. History has never been so horrible!

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Terry Deary is the author of over 160 books. He writes both fiction and non-fiction to much acclaim, and also has a hand in the television, theatre, and radio worlds. His Horrible Histories series has sold twenty million copies worldwide, and his books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Terry has won numerous awards, including Blue Peter?s Best Nonfiction Author of the Century in the United Kingdom. He was named a Doctor of Education by Sunderland University.

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Grade 4-7–A gruesome look at history from prehistoric times through World War II. Bad puns and illustrated facts abound, with the text ranging from discussions of laws including the Ten Commandments, laws of ancient Kings such as Sennacherib and Ashurbanipal of Assyria, Hammurabi's code, and Roman and Greek law. The section on Rotten Rulers includes information on the Shang dynasty in China, Roman Emperor Claudius, Attila the Hun, Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Transylvania, and Josef Stalin, among others. Several pages are dedicated to ancient Rome, with another section on Beastly Barbarians. A spread is devoted to the rules of war over the ages. Human sacrifices are covered in all their gory detail. Slavery, as well as the poor working conditions of the lower classes during the Industrial Revolution, is examined. Wars and massacres make up the last chapter, with an illustrated fold-out section at the end of Vicious Villains. There is a European slant to the coverage, but the ancient Middle East, Egypt, Asia, and the Americas are touched upon. While the scope is necessarily cursory given the limited number of pages, and therefore not useful for reports, readers are likely to be fascinated, and there is enough here to whet their appetite for more research. A great choice for reluctant readers.–Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library
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