A Disasterous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquakes, Plague, and Flood
by John Withington (9781602397491)

A Disasterous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquakes, Plague, and Flood
 
John Withington
Release Date: 16 February 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 391
Category: World
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781602397491
ISBN-10: 160239749X



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, bird 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 Black Death and small pox, to Hitler and Stalin's genocidal murders during the twentieth century, our continued existence has always seemed perilous. Now, out of our horror comes an entertaining and epic journal through the history of disaster. A Disastrous History of the World offers perspective on today's fears by revealing how dangerous our world has always been. Natural disasters and man-made catastrophes mark every era. Here is the Black Death that killed seventy-five million in Europe during the 1300s; the 1883 volcanic eruption on Krakatoa; the Irish potato famine of the mid-nineteenth century; the Nazi Holocaust; the 1970 storm in Bangladesh, now considered the deadliest in history; and more. Train crashes, air disasters, and shipwrecks litter human history. Sure to scare, inform, and entertain, A Disastrous History of the World is a book of serious history that is as much fun as any horror film.

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