10,000 Years of Douchebags : A History of Bad Leaders
Dave Rear

10,000 Years of Douchebags : A History of Bad Leaders

Over the long span of human history, the world has seen some spectacularly bad leaders. The precise selection of the most awful of all time is no easy task, like choosing the worst ever presenter of Top Gear. This book, therefore, based its choices on the rigorous scientific formula known as Top Trumps. Some of the leaders were picked for the sheer number of people they killed, others for the brutality of their methods, and the rest for their total and utter incompetence. The Top Trump, of course, scored highly in everything. The result is a truly global list of the most hideous, malevolent, narcissistic, wicked, and incompetent leaders in history, from ancient kings like Ashurnasirpal II who used human skin the way most people use wallpaper, medieval popes like John XII who turned the Vatican into a brothel, all the way to the ranks of modern bloodthirsty dictators who stalked the 20th century like goose-stepping serial killers. Theres even a leader from Belgium, for heavens sake. So if you want to know why the world is as it is today, look no further than this book. And if you want to know if our present leaders are going to get better, well, at least they couldnt get any worse.

 

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Dave Rear

Dave Rear

Having graduated with a degree in history from Cambridge University, Dave Rear has been reading and writing about history for most of his adult life. Having relocated to Japan soon after graduating, he is currently a professor at a university in Tokyo, where he lives with his wife and two children. As well as a number of academic textbooks and articles, his first book A Less Boring History of the World was published by Square Peg, Random House UK in October 2012. As of now, it has sold over 22,000 copies in all formats. It was picked by the Book People for their Christmas line-up and featur...
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