The World's Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilisation

The World's Bloodiest History: Massacre, Genocide, and the Scars They Left on Civilisation


By (author) Joseph Cummins

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  • Publisher: FAIR WINDS PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 239mm x 30mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Gloucester
  • ISBN 10: 1592334024
  • ISBN 13: 9781592334025
  • Illustrations note: 125 Colour
  • Sales rank: 596,411

Product description

In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history--from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history. Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shocking, archival images gathered from around the world, The World's Bloodiest History" combines compelling depictions of momentous events with fascinating character portraits and arresting eyewitness accounts to create an absorbing, multifaceted chronicle of a sobering, all-too-human legacy.

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Author information

Joseph Cummins is the author of War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks," War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns," History's Great Untold Stories," and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns." He has also edited two anthologies for Lyon's Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea" and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told," and written a novel, The Snow Train." He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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Our History Project BlogIt is hard to describe a book with this title or its subject matter as a great read, much less an enjoyable book. However that is what Joseph Cummins did. I am talking 5 stars, straight through the uprights, 3 points and nothin' but net. "The World's Bloodiest History" was one of those books I could not put down....It is a book about racial and secular superiority. It is a book about greed and hate. It is a book about intolerance. It is a book about so many things, feelings, thoughts and actions. However, it is a book about hope, knowledge and courage to stand up to say this will not happen again...If you are like me, it just may be a book that never ends. Pick it up, borrow it, check it out, download it; however you can get it, this is a book that you will want to read--and never completely put down.