They say that although content is king, context has always been its crown. Take elementary school history for instance: it’s hit or miss depending on how exciting your teacher made it. One thing’s for sure though, if I had BADASS for my history textbook, I’d ace the subject and would never miss class. It’s all about the context. According to the audio book description:
Throughout history – from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era – there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass! [Audible.com]
That’s the audiobook version from Audible, but the book is of course available in print format. Ben Thompson knows how to write and engage, and in a combination of history, geek humor and pop culture, he produces a mashed up masterpiece that’s part bizarre, part relevant.
I mean, the full title alone is bad ass! Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live. The book includes historical accounts of total bad-assery from figures we’ve definitely heard about, but today under a different light: Vlad the Impaler, King Leonidas of Sparta, Genghis Khan (whom apparently 8% of all Chinese trace roots back to him), Blackbeard, and many others!
Oh, and you must absolutely watch the cheap ass video preview. It’s campy, but ever so contextual.