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Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and…

by Michael Farquhar

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So you think you're having a bad day? Everyday is a bad day for someone, and according to this book, some people have had spectacularly bad days. The book is grimly funny, and full of little known facts
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"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering--and it's all over much too soon."
--Woody Allen
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To my friend Andy Sullivan--a good man who has proved that through courage, faith, and magnificent humor, even the worst days can be transcended.
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At first glance, the title of this collection seems so simple and direct: It's all about bad days in history.
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National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).

Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.
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"Farquhar's ... entries draw from the full sweep of history to take readers through a complete year of misery, including tales of lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919)"--… (more)

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