Description: From the Ben Thompson, author of Badass: The Birth of a Legend, comes a collection of history’s most awe-inspiring duels and showdowns, brutal crusades and epic brawls, and profiles of the fascinating people who fought in them.
Starting with Cyrus the Great in 547 BC and ending with Bishnu Shrestha’s ambitious conquest in 2011, readers are introduced to real-life, historical badasses. These stone-cold warriors fought to retain land, preserve a religion, protect their family… or just because they wanted to kick some ass and take some names like a 77-year-old rancher who took on dozens of Mexican cartel gangsters by himself because he was sick of the drug-pushing punks. Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch is both informative and fun to read—a skillful fusion of engrossing entertainment and history. The 40 different battles Ben Thompson details are organized by time period and accompanied by award-winning graphics that helped Thompson’s previous Badass book win a Best Design Book Award at the NY Book Show.
Featuring original artworks by top graphic artists and comic book illustrators, and Ben Thompson’s signature wry, side-splitting commentary, Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch is the history of badasses, the only way it should be written: covered in blood!
About The Author: Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he’s never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world’s foremost expert on badassitude. His first book, Badass, was released in 2009.