• by Ben Thompson
  • Narrated by L. J. Ganser
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!
Chandragupta Maurya
An Indian warlord who commanded an army of drunken war elephants and employed an elite detachment of highly trained female bodyguards

Peter Francisco
An unsung hero of the American Revolution, this powerful giant battled the British with a massive five-foot-long broadsword

Wolf the Quarrelsome
A mysterious barbarian leader who only appears in history twice - and both times he's kicking someone's ass

Bhanbhagta Gurung
A fearless Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross by clearing out six Japanese foxholes with nothing more than grenades, a bayonet, and a knife

From Alexander the Great to George S. Patton, from Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee, this pantheon of ass-kicking awesomeness should inspire you to quit your stupid job and dive headfirst into a new career as a professional badass.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great material, sophmoric treament

This book had promise; a review of some of the toughest, most interesting characters in history. Unfortunately, it reads as though written by the protagonists of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I recommend The Deadliest Men by Paul Kirchner, which is not, alas, available on Audible.
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- Jonathan Clyde Mart

Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing

An entertaining listen, if looked at as historic comedy/satire. Unfortunately, the book tends to exaggerate a "badass" person's badass-itude using fantastical elements (a pirate lifting a cannon and uses it as a bat to hit his foes away, a general using headbutts to win wars, and various people doing it "Metal Gear Solid" or "Legend of Zelda" style.)

Very early in the book, I got fed up with the repeated use of the following phrases:

-Truly bad*ss

If you want to get a lighthearted look at history, or get tween boys interested in it, this book is ideal. If you just want to get balanced, mature, level information on the toughest, most impressive characters in history, look elsewhere.
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- Deep Reader "Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios