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User Review  - ozzieslim - LibraryThing

This book is hilarious and also historically accurate and very carefully researched. It was published posthumously and one can only imagine the wonderful updates that would have occurred to subsequent ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is my father's paperback copy which I nearly read to death. I would give it 6 stars if possible. Cuppy did genuine serious research and included real, if bizarre, facts, but he told everything ... Read full review

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User Review  - pjsullivan - LibraryThing

I bought this book in 1954 and would not think of parting with it. What does that tell you? This one is a keeper! If I had a family Bible, this book would be next to it on my book shelf. It is both funny and informative. Solidly fact-based. Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Will Cuppy trains a witty and jaundiced eye upon the great figures of the past to great merriment. Do not read this book if you are afraid of laughing out loud when reading. Read full review

It's funny because it's true

User Review  - benC - Borders

William Cuppy was an eccentric recluse, which works to his advantage in this book, a meticulously compiled summary of the lives of historical figures both famous and obscure. Cuppy's focus on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - wunderkind - LibraryThing

Laugh-out-loud funny in spots and clever the rest of the way through. I think I would have thought it was even funnier if I knew more about the history Cuppy parodies, but my high school classes left me sadly under-prepared (the tragedy of a public school education). Read full review

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AMAZING!!!! It incorporates history and comedy! It is great! This is a most defenite must-read! Thank you Will Cuppy!!!! My dad first introduced me to this book, and it is amazing! 5 Stars!!!!!

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Will Cuppy needs to be more widely recognized as the amazing humorist that he is. During his life he was best known for his short sketches about various animals, but all his life, on the back burner, he'd been working on this history of the world. In a series of biographical sketches, Cuppy takes a look at Hatsheput, Pericles, Hannibal, Atilla, Charlemagne, Lucretia Borgia, William the Conqueror, Philip the II, Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Miles Standish, among others. Without being unnecessarily disrepectful, he reduces each of these figures to the humans that they were. Each of his facts, no matter how incongruous, is absolutely true, else he wouldn't have included it. Amazingly, his approach does not get the slightest bit tiresome as the book goes on--the chapter about the Pilgrims is just as funny as the chapters on the ancient Egyptians. And do not on any account skip the footnotes--Cuppy's use of footnotes is another uniquely hilarious aspect of his presentation. This really is world history the painless way! If you're a history buff at all, you'll crack up laughing.  

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is the original hardcover edition of one of my favorite books. For full comments, see the entry for the paperback edition. Read full review

Review: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody: Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled

User Review  - Celeste - Goodreads

I stumbled on this book one day while perusing the college bookstore between classes. I never made it to class. Tongue planted firmly in cheek history on everyone from Cleopatra to Henry VIII plus. Definitely worth a second (or third or fourth) read. Read full review


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