Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

Matthew White (Author) Steven Pinker (Foreword by)
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Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to the Second Persian War in 480 BCE and moving chronologically through history, White surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories.

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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
May 13, 2013
7.0 X 1.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.4 pounds
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About the Author

Matthew White has appeared in many musicals, including Les Misérables, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. As a director he has worked extensively with professionals, amateurs and students: his credits include Carousel, Oklahoma!, Hot Mikado, Into the Woods, The Demon Headmaster, Starting Here, Starting Now, and Closer Than Ever. He is also a regular guest director at Mountview Theatre School, The Royal Academy of Music and is a consultant at the London School of Musical Theatre.
One of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today, Steven Pinker is the author of seven books, including How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate--both Pulitzer Prize finalists and winners of the William James Book Award. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a frequent contributor to Time and the New York Times.


[White] doesn't take sides so much as report the facts--and the death tolls. . . . Full of fascinating information about parts of the world little-known to most Westerners.
A fascinating read thanks to White's keen grasp of history and his wry take on the villains of the past.
White . . . gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch.