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Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, Suicide Charges, and Milit (Paperback)
"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."
Unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time When only one can live, it's an Ultimate Deathmatch
This ain't no table tennis. You're not here to skip rope with your niece. You're here to witness the catastrophically awesome exploits of history's greatest badasses. Not only that, you're here to see what happens when badasses collide, when glory and doom hang in the balance, when two men enter one man leaves. If you dare listen, you'll hear the stories of . . .
Cyrus the GreatThe king who forged the Persian Empire with blood, steel, and a few thousand rampaging camels
St. Moses the BlackThe Patron Saint of Asskickings, who taught bandit thugs a lesson in turning the other cheek
The War of AracauThe only successful indigenous resistance to Spanish colonization, led by a Mapuche warrior who strapped blades to his arms after the conquistadors sawed off his hands
The Rani of JhansiThe Indian warrior princess who took on the British crown with a sword in each hand and her baby strapped to her back
Tango Mike-MikeOne lone Green Beret single-handedly rescues an entire Special Forces squad from a pinned-down position deep behind enemy lines in Cambodia
The Charge of the Australian Light HorseEight hundred horsemen armed with bayonets embark on the last great cavalry charge in history, rushing toward trenches filled with machine guns, rifles, and huge bullets.
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.