The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody: Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled by Will CuppyEver wonder what Nero did before he began fiddling about in Rome, or wanted the bare facts about Lady Godiva? Maybe youve found the story of Lucrezia Borgia a bitter pill to swallow, or wanted the straight skinny on corpulent King Henry the Eighth, but you havent the stomach for stuffy history books. Now these and twenty-two more of historys most famous personages are brought brilliantly to life, in this collection of unfailingly accurate yet undeniably hilarious biographies. Youll 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. Youll even finally lay to rest the rumor that Charlemagne was called Chuck by his friends.
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody: Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled
A very interesting and entertaining look at general history. There are many laugh-out-loud comments on the foibles of famous people from Pharaoh to Miles Standish, and various kings, tsars and queens I'd never heard of Will Cuppy until I found this book and while his coverage of the decline and fall of most people is often smile invoking I found the most interesting part of "The Decline and Fall Steig found an outlet for his talent by creating cartoons for the high school newspaper. After high school graduation, Steig spent two years at City College, three years at the National Academy, and five days at the Yale School of Fine Arts before dropping out.
William Jacob "Will" Cuppy August 23, — September 19, was an American humorist and literary critic , known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures. Writing funny but factual magazine articles was Cuppy's real talent. He enjoyed a brief success in with a humorous talk show on NBC radio with actress and gourmet cook Jeanne Owen, but failed to capitalize on it. His best-known work, a satire on history called The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody , was unfinished when he died. It was completed and published in by his friend Fred Feldkamp, who sifted through nearly 15, of Cuppy's carefully filed note cards to get the book into print.
All his friends loved him. Then I read that it took Cuppy 16 years and If it had footnotes for every historical fact it mentions, it would probably be one of the most footnoted books ever written what do you think those Especially if you watch it from a distance. In fact, the farther back in history we went, the more his enthusiasm grew.
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