Ever wonder what Nero did before he began fiddling about in Rome, or wanted the bare facts about Lady Godiva? Maybe you've found the story of Lucrezia Borgia a bitter pill to swallow, or wanted the straight skinny on corpulent King Henry the Eighth, but you haven't the stomach for stuffy history books. Now these and twenty-two more of history's most famous personages are brought brilliantly to life, in this collection of unfailingly accurate yet undeniably hilarious biographies. You'll laugh while you learn about the very real people behind the legendary names, including why Montezuma was so vengeful, and why Catherine was so Great. You'll even finally lay to rest the rumor that Charlemagne was called "Chuck" by his friends.
|Publisher:||Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
|Part I||It Seems There Were Two Egyptians|
|Cheops, or Khufu||7|
|Part II||Ancient Greeks and Worse|
|Alexander the Great||38|
|Part III||Strange Bedfellows|
|Attila the Hun||71|
|Philip the Sap||106|
|Part IV||A Few Greats|
|Madame DU Barry||122|
|Peter the Great||132|
|Catherine the Great||141|
|Frederick the Great||149|
|Part V||Merrie England|
|William the Conqueror||159|
|Part VI||Now We're Getting Somewhere|
|Leif the Lucky||189|
|Captain John Smith||206|
|Part VII||They All Had Their Fun|
|Some Royal Pranks||219|
|Some Royal Stomachs||222|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
This book is a rare find--it deals with history's most colorful characters, managing to be simultaneously hilarious, witty, wry, insightful, and true. From a man who can catch the OED in error, humor is the last thing you'd expect, and you get it in spades.
This book is so good that it can make you smile if not laughing, all the time. This book has been my obssesion for 7 years, I am so glad now I find it.
As painless a history lesson as you'll ever get. Unless, of course, you have heart attack or asthma attack from the laughter.
Of course I'd read bits of this before, but did not read the full book until January 2008. It was beautifully done. The biographical sketches were full of fascinating and fully accurate facts, and they were hilarious in a way that would appeal to people of all ages. This book is wonderful way to get people interested in history. I would recommend it for high schools and colleges.
I got this book as a paperback (50 cents) years ago. Still have it. Had never heard of Cuppy before, but this book is hilarious. A rare find.
Happened to find this book when I was in my early teens (a few decades ago), and it helped me keep a sense of perspective (to say nothing of better grades) through high school social-studies classes. Cuppy has a really sharp sense of humor, and to this day (and a few hundred books later) it's one of my top five favorite and most memorable books.
I had this book in my office,I got it from father,It got me through some very bad days. Then somebody TOOK IT. I know how lame this sounds but I could not remember the name of the author. Tried to find it for several years but no dice. Then I got nook and there it was.This will get me through retirement.