Written in Blood: A Brief History of Civilisation (With All the Gory Bits Left In)
Asking provocative questions about what constitutes a civilization and how human societies began, this journey through thousands of years of history is packed with entertaining true stories and lurid tales about the origins of culture. Clever, offbeat commentary is provided with humorous cartoons that poke fun at some of the most important events in human history.
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Page 86 - Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
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Page 85 - Again the girls assented. The words of command having been thus explained, he set up the halberds and battle-axes in order to begin the drill. Then, to the sound of drums, he gave the order "Right turn.
Page 86 - ... was sounded for the drill once more. And the girls went through all the evolutions, turning to the right or to the left, marching ahead or wheeling back, kneeling or standing, with perfect accuracy and precision, not venturing to utter a sound. Then Sun Tzu sent a messenger to the King, saying: "Your soldiers, Sire, are now properly drilled and disciplined, and ready for Your Majesty's inspection. They can be put to any use that their sovereign may desire; bid them go through fire and water,...
Page 130 - The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not for the near future, in spite of many rumors to that effect.