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50 People Who Messed up the World

Alexander Parker, Tim Richman

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Collected biographies, Prose: non-fiction

A scarily funny compendium of the modern world's most despicable villains, packed with hilarious illustrations from award-winning cartoonist Zapiro.

'I can't imagine how they whittled it down to just 50 people' - comedian
Nik Rabinowitz

'A fantastic thought-provoking book that renews my appreciation for history. It reminds us how we got here and how we can avoid things getting worse'
Mandla Shongwe, SAFM Lifestyle

A fascinating, terrific read.
Gareth Cliff, CliffCentral

From drug lords, drug cheats and the morally corrupt to political despots and plain, old crackpots - the twentieth century certainly saw its fair share of villains. Be it through politics, war, sport, culture or just their general idiocy, these are men and women of infamy who have steered our good ship Humanity towards the World-War-fighting, smart-phone-tapping age we are mired in today.

50 People Who Messed Up the World brings together the nastiest names from the last century and beyond in one highly unpleasant yet hilarious package. Nasty names such as Stalin, Hideki Tojo and Chairman Mao make up a murderer's row of historically horrible figures, alongside more recent sordid celebs including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Lance Armstrong.

Each entry offers a sharply sardonic and scathingly thorough profile, accompanied by hilarious mono illustrations from award-winning cartoonist Zapiro. Treading the delicate balance between cynicism and optimism, Alexander Parker and Tim Richman offend and entertain in equal measure in this delightfully scornful read.

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Praise for 50 People Who Messed up the World

  • Praise for the authors' previous book, 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa:

  • A well-researched, considered look at those who have had an influence on South Africa's progress; or rather, have hindered it. - City Press

  • Entertaining . . . enlightening . . . comes highly recommended. - Business Day

  • A thoroughly enjoyable read . . . very funny.

  • They're all here, neatly skewered and steeped in scorn. Brilliant.

  • The writing is sharp and the scope impressive . . . provides some great moral sword fights and it's worth reading for the cartoons alone. - Rapport

  • Alex Parker is an equal-opportunity offender. From Jan van Riebeeck to Julius Malema . . . [you'll] find little argument here with his pick of those we love to hate. - The Times

  • Parker manages to balance cynicism and optimism, and his blend of sardonic humour and scathing social commentary make for a surprisingly relaxed read. - The Big Issue

  • Witty and well-written. - Independent Newspapers

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