With the eye of a seasoned statistician, White assigns each entry a ranking based on body count, and in doing so he gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch. By turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died, the Great Big Book of Horrible Things gives readers a chance to reach their own conclusions while offering a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.
I expected to be utterly depressed throughout my reading of this fascinating trip down Atrocity Lane, but instead I found myself enthralled by the history being presented to me and the different way it was being presented. ThothJ Dec 3, White had me when he described his methodology for determining how many people died. Status Matthew White — primary author all editions calculated Pinker, Steven Foreword secondary author all editions confirmed. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
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Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Audible 0 editions. CD Audiobook 0 editions. At the end White gives his analysis and some final thoughts, which provides a nice summation of the book. I think anyone who likes history will enjoy this one. I just hope that humanity can find a way to prevent anything else from appearing on this list, but sadly I fear that is not the case, especially when you read this book and realize just how prevalent conflict has been throughout our history.
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