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

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled❮Reading❯ ➺ The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled Author Will Cuppy – Ever wonder what Nero did before he began fiddling about in Rome or wanted the bare facts about Lady Godiva Maybe you've found the story of Lucrezia Borgia a bitter pill to swallow or wanted the strai Ever wonder what Nero did and Fall PDF/EPUB ê before he began fiddling about The Decline PDF/EPUB ² in Rome or wanted the bare facts about Lady Godiva Maybe Decline and Fall eBook ✓ you've found the story of Lucrezia Borgia a bitter pill to Decline and Fall of Practically Epub / swallow or wanted the straight skinny on corpulent King Henry the Eighth but you haven't the stomach for stuffy history books Now these and twenty two of history's most famous personages are brought brilliantly to life in this collection of unfailingly accurate yet undeniably hilarious biographies You'll laugh while you learn about the very real people behind the legendary names including why Montezuma was so vengeful and why Catherine was so Great You'll even finally lay to rest the rumor that Charlemagne was called Chuck by his friends.

William Jacob Will Cuppy was and Fall PDF/EPUB ê an American humorist and literary The Decline PDF/EPUB ² critic known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures.

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled
  • Will Cuppy
  • English
  • 24 October 2016
  • 9780880298094

10 thoughts on “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled

  1. Claire says:

    If I was a history teacher this would be my textbook It's the kind of book that you can't read by yourself because all you want to do is read the funny parts out loud to people It is total comedy genius plus it's a brilliant history book The best part of the whole book is the chapter on Hannibal and about his journey over the Alps via elephant caravan which is pretty much the most ridiculous way you could think of to cross the Alps and how every time Hannibal wrote home to Carthage to send elephants the people of Carthage would respond did he think they were made of elephants and what had he done with the elephants they sent before That line made me CRY laughing the first time I read it

  2. Veeral says:

    Will Cuppy wrote 'The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody' on and off for 16 years At the time of his death suicide it was still incomplete Ailing and suffering from depression Cuppy committed suicide after he was facing eviction from his apartment Basically a journalist and book reviewer who wrote than 4000 book reviews in his 23 year career his popularity reached its zenith when this book was published by sifting through than 15000 note cards Cuppy's friend Fred Feldkamp completed Decline and Fall after one year of his passing his tragic end does remind one of John Kennedy TooleI am not saying all this to make you feel melancholy but if I did and I am sure I did there is no better cure than to read this book The book is really hilarious concise and accurate a rare combination And Cuppy never opts for below the belt humor only lesser humorists do thatBut in case you're still feeling a bit sad here's some uplifting tidbit The reclusive bachelor whose best work got published posthumously which he never completed and so must have concluded before dying that it never would got an asteroid named after himself by the IAU 15017 Cuppy in 2003 This still didn't lift the gloom did it? Well then you should go and read this book alreadyRest in peace Mr Cuppy

  3. Settare says:

    Here's another one of my unpopular opinions This book isn't that funny Neither the original nor the famous Persian translation that's loosely based on the original I've read them both Didn't like eitherShort review in Persian یک کلمه رقیق

  4. Maria Bustillos says:

    If only this hilariously droll send up of historical figures were used as a middle school textbook every kid would adore history and go on to become a genius Cuppy worked on this book for sixteen years; the history in it is meticulously researched though his treatment of it is far from stuffy This book was published posthumously in 1950 so you'd think the humor would be dated Not so It holds up spectacularly well Egypt has been called the Gift of the Nile he begins Once every year the river overflows its banks depositing a layer of rich alluvial soil on the parched ground Then it recedes and soon the whole countryside as far as the eye can reach is covered with Egyptologists

  5. P.J. Sullivan says:

    I bought this book at a book fair ages ago for twenty five cents Best uarter I ever spent I still have the book and reread it now and then It is still funny after all these years Wouldn’t think of parting with it I liked it so much I couldn't resist writing a seuel to it My version titled “Mostly Rapscallions” was published in 2008 Books of historical humor are of three types 1 those that are funny than factual 2 those that are factual than funny 3 those that are both funny and factual This book is the 3rd type Its history is valid and its humor is funny You can laugh and learn both Cuppy researched this book for than fifteen years I have been reading and rereading his books for years and am hard pressed to find any errors in them Even his most outlandish claims usually contain a grain of truth Cuppy has been criticized for his lavish use of footnotes but they are half the fun So funny that other authors wanted him to footnote their books I especially enjoy his asides his private chats with his readers Cuppy belongs in a category all to himself This book is a uniue blend of history biography and humor that he perfected He was a great humorist and just about everyone agrees that this is his masterpiece I do not agree with those who claim it is outdated It will never be outdated If I had a family Bible this book would be next to it on my book shelf To me Cuppy was than a great humorist; he was a kindred spirit

  6. Colleen says:

    One of my all time favorite books and if I was to be marooned on an island and had to choose just one book I'd be very tempted to bring this one probably wouldn't since this book is only 230 pages but if I could bring 2 books then yes this would be one Probably is the book I've read and reread the most Will Cuppy's enthusiasm on these famous people from history is infectious and it's a tragedy that he killed himself before finishing the book Even in its rough state still obviously amazing But books like these are why I love history Lines like Three years later Cleopatra met Mark Antony a fat man with a beard that makes me grin over every paragraph in this book And sidenote how Cuppy does footnotes makes me almost weep with happiness Each footnote adds a side parenthetical note of fun to this book Which is exhaustively researched Cuppy would read at least 25 books on his subjects before starting to write He's so knowledgeable on his material that he focuses on what interests him most ueen Elizabeth I's fondness for mooching Madame du Barry's charm and I think you get from his little chapters than you would be reading a huge biography on them Lastly thank you Cuppy for letting me know that Attila's name does not rhyme with vanilla as it used to in my day It is now believed that if children can be taught to accent Attila on the first syllable things may take a turn for the better I've been saying his name wrong all these years

  7. Judas says:

    I learned that if you dont want to synthesize thousands of pages of biographies of famous historical people you get all the juicy tidbits from reading this book Personality uirks habits favorite foods and salacious stories are in every pageWill Cuppy has a really funny sense of humor and his footnotes and asides are as funny to me in 2007 as they were to readers in the 1950 when the book was writtenThis book is a family tradition I got it from my brother who got it from our dadViva la Libra

  8. Jean says:

    I listened to this book and now I want to get a copy of it to keep It is HILARIOUS Cuppy's dry tongue in cheek humor kept me chuckling to myself and kept me interested His nod nod wink wink asides made me wonder how much was true and how much he made up because it all sounded plausible I highly recommend it

  9. Meaghan says:

    Of course I'd read bits of this before but did not read the full book until now January 2008 It was beautifully done The biographical sketches were full of fascinating and fully accurate facts and they were hilarious in a way that would appeal to people of all ages This book is wonderful way to get people interested in history I would recommend it for high schools and colleges

  10. G. Lawrence says:

    Brilliant Witty and irreverent although surprisingly sympathetic to some this book is excellent

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