Written in Blood: A Brief History of Civilisation (With All the Gory Bits Left In)

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 201 pages
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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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Written in Blood

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This book is subtitled 'a brief history of civilisation (with all the gory bits left in)' and is squarely aimed at those 14-year-olds, mainly boys, who think that reading is a bit of a drag and ... Read full review


Eureka Stockade 46
aggression 61
Gandhi Mohandas 1189
Alexandria 112 173 1746
Great Wall of China 132
Alexandria Library 1745
Archimedes 169 171 175
guillotine 7880
Hammett Dashiell 912
Hills Major Denis 989
Hollywood Ten
LaoTzu 11617
Darwin Charles 173 1789
Denmark 24 956
McCarthy Joseph 879 91

Aristotle 20 11012

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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.
Page 130 - ptievisionj won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.
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.

About the author (2003)

Beverley MacDonald works in children's television. Andrew Weldon is the author of I'm So Sorry Little Man, I Thought You Were A Hand-Puppet.

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