History Without the Boring Bits

History Without the Boring Bits By turns bizarre surprising trivial and enlightening this book offers rich pickings for the browser and entertainment and inspriation aplenty for those who have grown weary of conventional works

  • Title: History Without the Boring Bits
  • Author: Ian Crofton
  • ISBN: 9781847240866
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By turns bizarre, surprising, trivial, and enlightening, this book offers rich pickings for the browser, and entertainment and inspriation aplenty for those who have grown weary of conventional works of history.

    295 Comment

    • Kirsti says:

      A really enjoyable book, I was never bored because the stories all vary so much and are mostly short. As always, I read aloud the interesting parts to my boyfriend who enjoyed this book almost as much as I did. I read it in about two settings but it might be a better read for some over the course of a week or so. I'm always fascinated by weird history and this book had plenty of that! Five stars!

    • Elle says:

      This book has been my go-to 'dipper' for a few months now. I've been reading it extremely slowly but that did absolutely nothing to distract me from the repetition of these so called history facts.Being a history student I had to use some serious imagination to even consider some of them being true and the fact nothing was cited properly irked me towards the end. I know it's not meant to be a proper history text or 'boring' but I would of liked a bit more information on these so called facts.Som [...]

    • May says:

      Reminds me of the National Enquirer magazine at times where the most outrageous anecdotes are only mentioned. At first, this book was kinda intriguing and actually enjoyable to read. But by the time you hit the 1600s and 1700s, the anecdotes get somewhat repetitive. After all, how many instances of witch burning in Europe does one need to bring up? And honestly, enough already about Prince Charles wanting to be a tampon or Fergie having her toes sucked by a bald Texan! Unfortunately this book do [...]

    • Celeste says:

      I bought this book on a whim when I saw it in a bargain bin.It was interesting. There were parts that were so graphically disgusting that I declared it a book to not read while eating, and there were parts that made me chuckle out loud. And I was delighted to see that I already knew some of the historical facts!One thing that bothered me about the book is that it is from England, so it favors that style of spelling and abbreviations, which threw me off my ease because I noticed these things. I a [...]

    • Shana says:

      The title is a complete misnomer as it is NOT useless at all. What such an intense lesson on barbarity, vulgarity, royal inbreeding and general idiocy teaches is that the human race, for all its fits and starts, is, on the whole, becoming more enlightened and humane. Believe it or not.

    • Caitlin says:

      This is a great collection of tidbits and weirdness that's good to dip in and out of - as well as exploring the stories further. I think it's great there's such a trend for popular history these days, especially as we're able to accept that our heroes and the stories we learned at school aren't set in stone.

    • Neeuqdrazil says:

      This was ok - a lot of anecdotes about odd things that have happened in history. Quick & easy read.

    • Μίλτος Τρ. says:

      [Bus book] Αν από όλη τη παγκόσμια ιστορία αυτές οι βαρετές 300 σελίδες είναι τα πιο περίεργα περιστατικά, τότε κάτι δεν κάνεις καλά

    • Sharni Macdonald says:

      Horrible histories for Adults! Full of weird and interesting historical tid-bits!

    • Judith Rich says:

      I like this book and dip into it and re-read it every now and then when I want a change from literary fiction.

    • Lostaccount says:

      History without the boring bits is in fact more boring that a regular history book, surprisingly. It's full of little anecdotes and apocrypha. Confirmed what I already knew, that the Romans were a cruel bunch of maniacs (must have been something in the water), as were the British in the middle ages, as were most people of any nation throughout history. This book is filled with perverts and lunatics. It's a wonder we're all so "civilised" now!

    • Julian Walker says:

      An intriguing title and one it lives up to. Many juicy characters, historical notes, curios and events are served up in these pages for the reader to enjoy, without having to wade through lengthy introductions or explanatory scene setting.There are no boring bits in this book – it is interesting, fun and not too frivolous. Read it and enjoy travelling through time, without the baggage.

    • Hayley says:

      Incrediably random, fascinating and sometimes funny historical facts. Grouped by time periods from the ancient world to modern day. Including the cat piano, a flying monk, a president abducted by aliens. Most of these facts wont make their way into normal history books. Worth a good browse!

    • Simon Lenthen says:

      Yes. The early bits can be repetitive but as you get closer to current times it gets very interesting and funny. Kind of like humorous flash non-fiction. The writing could be tidier though. Some anecdotes start awkwardly.

    • Trish says:

      Not the kind of history book I usually read but definitely good. Made me laugh so much - and the best part about that: it is all true! xD *lol* Kind of nice and funny to see that someone sorted through all the history data to give people a different approach.

    • Feyzan says:

      Ian crofton did a great job of compiling all the information that you don't need in one book so you can avoid it altogether. History without the boring bits is actually more boring than a usual history book. I'll highly recommend all of you to NOT read this book.

    • Zunaid Hassan says:

      For some reason I expected this book to be on actual serious history, just made more interesting. I was mostly wrong as it mentions the most mundane 'facts' like who farted when and ghost stories. Absolute rubbish. Wasted so much money on this.

    • Peter says:

      A very random (but surprisingly large) collection of interesting and amusing historical anecdotes. I enjoyed it, although it seemed to drag on a bit after a while, so perhaps it would have been better published as two volumes.

    • Jennie says:

      Filled with lots of interesting and funny history tidbits.

    • Chris Cousins says:

      A great book to read right through or just dip into random pages. Shows up some of the senseless acts of people during history.

    • Tylar says:

      This book title is a lie. So many of these stories were repetitive and boring. And I have no idea why so much of it was focused on the UKI thought it was supposed to be about the world

    • Gemma says:

      Fascinating book.

    • Stephen says:

      Snippets of history for each year. It contains the trivia that you was not taught at school.

    • Jeff says:

      This is a great book for those of us with a short attention span and an interest in strangeness.

    • Ming Siu says:

      Loads of fun! Although it did get rather repetitive after a while

    • Natasha says:

      I think this is the book I'm reading except that it's called History Without the Boring Bits. Same cover and everything!

    • Jacqui says:

      Wouldn't say this was totally without the boring bits, maybe just with more trivia and weirdness than your average history book.

    • Antony Arvind says:

      Good for History lovers. Short and upto the point. Entertaining and Enlightening.

    • Delie Dell Chua says:

      Enjoyable and interesting especially for those who gets bored and doesn't like history. A bit gory and disgusting on the side, but still interesting

    • Ulrike says:

      It does get repetitive! I thought many anecdotes weren't interesting at all. If you're interested in the sexual preferences of historic personalities, this is for you.

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