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A Disastrous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquakes, Plague, and Flood

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Tune into the news today, and one would think that human beings were at risk of being wiped from the face of the earth by tsunamis, earthquakes, swine flu, or terrorism. One could be forgiven for thinking that we are in far more danger today than ever before. The fact of the matter is that danger has always stalked mankind. From ancient volcanoes and floods to the cholera ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 30, 2014 GoldGato rated it it was ok
Recommended to GoldGato by: Orinda Library
If you are looking for a general overview of various catastrophes of ancient and modern times, this book is okay. Each chapter is devoted to a specific disaster (quakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, madmen) along with the total count of human loss. I found the crazy leader section the most intriguing, noting that the Three Horsemen (Hitler, Stalin, Mao) did more damage than the plague.

However, I wasn't completely satisfied. There are grammar errors throughout and I was a bit upset that the author used
Rebecca Haslam
Feb 09, 2014 Rebecca Haslam rated it it was ok
I thought I was even just a little aware of some of the tragedies and disasters that have befallen the world in recent times, but this book proved me wrong to a huge degree. To think of all the lives lost, the stories mentioned in the pages of this book is to think of how fortunate we are, to still be living, to do so in relative safety. I feel for anyone who has lost a friend or loved one in such tragic circumstances as those mentioned in this book.
Matthew Barlow
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew Barlow rated it really liked it
Just a little overview. nothing spectacular.
May 19, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
It took me a few weeks to read this book. Usually I get impatient when books take that long but this one was really fascinating. I had never heard about a lot of these disasters. There were some typos and I wish some of the events were described a little more. I liked that the book was divided into a lot of sections so it was easy to start and stop.
Mike Stuchbery
Dec 08, 2013 Mike Stuchbery rated it liked it
Fun little waltz through human misery.
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John Wihtington is a television producer and writer, Among his television credits are 'Royal London' (LWT), 'From Marx to the Market' (BBC2) and 'Global Gamble' (Channel 4). He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and the author of Shutdown, a book about the effects of shipyard closures on Teesside.
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