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Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ev (Paperback)

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"History has never been so much fun, or quite so bloody. Thompson walks
us through some of history’s greatest battles, duels, shootouts, and
wars, from Cyrus the Great who forged the Persian Empire on a camel
charge, to Bishnu Shrestha, an off duty ghurka who took on forty gun
toting train robbers armed with only his knife. Absolute, bloody, fun."

— Tommy

Description


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 bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They 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 . . . Badass

Chandragupta MauryaAn Indian warlord who commanded an army of drunken war elephants and employed an elite detachment of highly trained female bodyguards

Peter FranciscoAn unsung hero of the American Revolution, this powerful giant battled the British with a massive five-foot-long broadsword

Wolf the QuarrelsomeA mysterious barbarian leader who only appears in history twice--and both times he's kicking someone's ass

Bhanbhagta GurungA fearless Gurkha who won 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 badass.

About the Author


Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061749445
ISBN-10: 0061749443
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 334
Language: English