Book Title: The Pessimist's Guide to History : An Irresistible Compendium of Catastrophes, Barbarities, Massacres, and Mayhem-from 14 Billion Years Ago to 2007
Author: Rob Baker
Format: Paperback | 512 pages
Publication Date: 01 Jun 2008
18 million or so years ago, the Big Bang exploded onto the scene and it's all been downhill from there. Now, for every spectacular discovery throughout history, there have been a hundred devastating epidemics; for every benevolent despot, a thousand like Vlad the Impaler; for every cup half-full, a larger cup half-empty. In a world filled with catastrophe, "The Pessimist's Guide to History" is an entertaining timeline bringing to light the darkest events in history so far.