Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, by Ben Thompson

By Ben Thompson

An unstoppable selection of the main hardcore figures who ever strapped on chain mail and ran screaming into battle

Throughout history—from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing sleek era—there were larger-than-life ass-kickers with a normal expertise for unleashing their epic bloodlust on an individual who crossed them. They outfitted empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and supreme supremacy. occasionally villains, occasionally heroes, occasionally criminally insane, that they had something in universal: They have been all . . . Badass!

Chandragupta Maurya
An Indian warlord who commanded a military of drunken warfare elephants and hired an elite detachment of hugely expert woman bodyguards

Peter Francisco
An unsung hero of the yank Revolution, this robust significant battled the British with an incredible five-foot-long broadsword

Wolf the Quarrelsome
A mysterious barbarian chief who purely seems to be in background twice—and either occasions he’s kicking someone’s ass

Bhanbhagta Gurung
A fearless Gurkha who gained the Victoria move by means of clearing out six eastern foxholes with not anything greater than grenades, a bayonet, and a knife

From Alexander the good to George S. Patton, from Genghis Khan to Bruce Lee, this pantheon of ass-kicking awesomeness may still motivate you to surrender your silly task and dive headfirst right into a new occupation as a certified badass.

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Added to this there is a christening mug in the family engraved with the words: 'Jennie Jerome 1854'. Jennie's statement in her memoir (Reminiscences ofLady Randolph Churchill) that she spent her early childhood in Trieste and spoke mainly Italian until the age of six, cannot be true. 2: RANDOLPH AND JENNIE 27 not allowed to meet the man who would become one of her greatest friends in later life. Although her social life improved in New York, Clara had never forgotten her dream of returning to Paris to live.

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