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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.

From Caliphs to Green
Berets, some of civilization’s toughest warriors are profiled in
Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch, including Cyrus the Great, St.
Moses the Black, and The Rani of Jhansi, as well as in-depth analyses of
how they battled their way to victory.

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!


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Reviews for Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, Suicide Charges, and Military Engagements of All Time (Badass Series):

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Jul 01, 2019

Interesting and fun, but so full of jokes and unnecessary descriptions that it got difficult to tell where the truth left off and the jokes began. You want interesting stories that are at least mostly true? This book is fun. You want historical accuracy? This book is still fun but you’ll have to do your own research to be sure.
4

Jan 09, 2014

Though there are inaccuracies and the writing style sometimes gets very annoying (and it is also sometimes very humorous as well), it is a great review of history, and I like the format. Thompson may not be a "proper" scholar, but he does an excellent job of making a large amount of history accessible. For a casual read, I have learned a lot, even if aspects of the author's writing style walk the fine line between playful and funny and sophomoric, idiotic locker room humor (it honestly Though there are inaccuracies and the writing style sometimes gets very annoying (and it is also sometimes very humorous as well), it is a great review of history, and I like the format. Thompson may not be a "proper" scholar, but he does an excellent job of making a large amount of history accessible. For a casual read, I have learned a lot, even if aspects of the author's writing style walk the fine line between playful and funny and sophomoric, idiotic locker room humor (it honestly alternates between witty and witless, but I understand that Thompson has adopted a voice that has succeeded in making both his blog and books popular, so I can't really say that the rhetorical style he has adopted reaches the core of his being, etc.). It is a cool selection of warriors and battles throughout history, and I could write a critique of it from a serious cultural/historically factual/non-factual base, but that misses the point. Reading this text will help you to learn some history, give you a few laughs, and remember some great warriors and conflicts over the last 3,000 or so bloody odd years. And he does a pretty good job of being politically correct and sensitive to not creating hatred against anyone while also sounding politically incorrect and insensitive as well. I think I will have to bump this up from 3 stars (liked), to 4 stars (really liked). ...more
5

August 7, 2014

If there were ever a history text book I would want, this would be it.
2

Nov 02, 2015

A bit too 'bro' for my linking. I likely should have been ready for that, but I picked it up being optimistic. Not bad history in here; bit presented in what becomes a very tired and annoying way by the end of the book.
4

Mar 13, 2013

For those of you who have read and liked the previous Badass books, you will not be disappointed with this one.

Thompson brings the same testosterone fuel he had from his two previous books to this one, now focusing on some of the great battles in history. Thompson does not limit himself to the big epic wars either, but looks to some of the smaller scale fights as well. Along side wars like the 100 Year War and the Punic Wars are specific battles like Gettysburg and Rorke's Drift.

I cannot verify For those of you who have read and liked the previous Badass books, you will not be disappointed with this one.

Thompson brings the same testosterone fuel he had from his two previous books to this one, now focusing on some of the great battles in history. Thompson does not limit himself to the big epic wars either, but looks to some of the smaller scale fights as well. Along side wars like the 100 Year War and the Punic Wars are specific battles like Gettysburg and Rorke's Drift.

I cannot verify the historical accuracy of the events as Thompson tells them. But, I am intrigued enough by what I read to seek further information about the events he relates, if only to seek clarification. But, Thompson's unique style definitely pulls you into the story and does not let go. ...more
5

Jul 29, 2015

The history of asskicking comes alive in this great book. It made want to read up on American history like nothing else ever.
3

Jun 09, 2013

It lives up to the title. A good mix of jaw-dropping tales from famous wars to small scale showdowns.
5

Apr 16, 2013

This is a book that is so awesome that it turns me into that annoying person that has to read parts aloud to other people. I literally laugh loudly when I read his writing! If I could give extra stars for the numerous Battlestar Galactica references!
5

Jan 31, 2013

I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. This book's title says it all. It is full of badassery! 40 chapters of, 'Whoa!'. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys the details in history. It very much reminds me of Herodotus' The Histories, and that is tops in my book!
5

Jun 07, 2016

I know that a history teacher should try and not be absolutely in love with these books but I can't help it LOL. This book is amazing and would be fantastic to use in teaching uninterested middle school kids the cool side of history.
4

Dec 08, 2013

Entertaining. The author goes over the top with some of his descriptions. Kind of like that uncle everyone has that tries to sound cool. If you can get over the numerous testicle references, an interesting read.
5

Feb 23, 2015

I absolutely loved this book and the acknowledgement at the end of the book is one of my absolute favorites. It was funny and yet was able to pull at my heartstrings at time. It was very respectful of all of the respective viewpoints and it's some awesome history. I truly hope the author continues to put together awesome books like this in the future.
5

Oct 13, 2014

Okay, I know that I'm going to lose all cultural credibility by giving this book five stars, but for what it was trying to do it did it well. At first the author's style was a little annoying, but after I got into the spirit of the thing it was actually quite fun, and the book had a lot of stories that I didn't know about before.
5

Feb 16, 2014

I teach a World History class and I truly wish I could give some of my less than mature freshmen this book to read to go along with my lectures. This book does a great job of being juvenile and funny but still teaching the content. I learned about badasses that I did not know much about just by reading this book; it also doesn't hurt that it is laugh out loud funny as well. I applaud Thompson for making history fun because so many authors fail to do that on a regular basis
3

Apr 19, 2014

an interesting trip through history.

this book retells the stories of military conflicts throughout history with a bit of a twist.
the language used to describe the events is colourful and at time hilarious.

my one complaint, the colourful metaphors and descriptions tend to repeat themselves over and over in the second half of the book. the tales themselves started to sound like previous ones in the book. The book could have been half the length to prevent this and Mr. Thompson could have had an interesting trip through history.

this book retells the stories of military conflicts throughout history with a bit of a twist.
the language used to describe the events is colourful and at time hilarious.

my one complaint, the colourful metaphors and descriptions tend to repeat themselves over and over in the second half of the book. the tales themselves started to sound like previous ones in the book. The book could have been half the length to prevent this and Mr. Thompson could have had himself a whole other book.

all in all - I enjoyed it. ...more
2

Sep 26, 2019

I've read all of Thompson's other books and used to be an avid reader and follower of his old blog, "Badass of the Week." That said, I think there's a combination of things occurring here.

1) My tastes are changing as I get older. This book and this style of writing comedic history does not appeal to me as much anymore.

2) Thompson has dug as deep as he can into the well of creativity and at this point, the surface level historical stuff about people all starts to sound the same. The details are I've read all of Thompson's other books and used to be an avid reader and follower of his old blog, "Badass of the Week." That said, I think there's a combination of things occurring here.

1) My tastes are changing as I get older. This book and this style of writing comedic history does not appeal to me as much anymore.

2) Thompson has dug as deep as he can into the well of creativity and at this point, the surface level historical stuff about people all starts to sound the same. The details are what make people fascinating and he is barely scratching the surface.

If you're a fan of his other work I'd check this out. But, if it's been a while since you read his stuff maybe pull one of his other books off the shelf and test it out first with an article before you invest in this other one. ...more
5

Oct 16, 2014

As a LARPer and avid cosplayer, I've always been captured by those fantastic mental images of me standing undefeated atop a pile of my foes, sword in hand with people chanting my name and a prince on one knee proposing with a purple sparkly ring the size of a robin's egg.

This book illustrates and describes a collection of true stories such as that, the heroes of which are undeniably...well... badass.

Ben Thompson's other books are also fantastic, but this one happens to be my favorite. There are As a LARPer and avid cosplayer, I've always been captured by those fantastic mental images of me standing undefeated atop a pile of my foes, sword in hand with people chanting my name and a prince on one knee proposing with a purple sparkly ring the size of a robin's egg.

This book illustrates and describes a collection of true stories such as that, the heroes of which are undeniably...well... badass.

Ben Thompson's other books are also fantastic, but this one happens to be my favorite. There are two other books in the "Badass" series that I would highly recommend. My guitarist introduced me to the series at a friend's house and I've been in love with it ever since.

If you like action, excitement, and humor, then these books are definitely for you. It's really inspiring to hear that people can be heroes in real life, as well as in the stories we grew up with. I suppose that this book restored my faith in humanity a bit, which is high praise for any piece of literature.

...more
4

Feb 09, 2016

At first I was a bit put off by the incessant testicle-smashing metaphors,however, once I relaxed about the *very* informal style of the writing, I've found this to be a very entertaining and informative selection of historical vignettes. Not only that, but I can see this book taking its place as a reference on my permanent shelf for whenever I am in need of badass quotes from famous figures in history or illustrative tales of mayhem and/or military folly. This book is most definitely *not* At first I was a bit put off by the incessant testicle-smashing metaphors,however, once I relaxed about the *very* informal style of the writing, I've found this to be a very entertaining and informative selection of historical vignettes. Not only that, but I can see this book taking its place as a reference on my permanent shelf for whenever I am in need of badass quotes from famous figures in history or illustrative tales of mayhem and/or military folly. This book is most definitely *not* meant for those who object to the use of 'eye-gougingly' as an adverb or 'dickpunch' as a synonym for any violent act of retribution. On a more serious note, the sexualization of violence that is so well illustrated in this book is, in my opinion, an awful trope to perpetuate and serves only to reinforce (a) stereotypes that some women have about men and (b) stereotypes that we men all too frequently trap ourselves in. Nevertheless, the over-the top nature of Thompson's language inclines me to take this fun and readable work for what it is and simply to enjoy it. ...more
4

Aug 24, 2014

The short way to describe this book is historical embellishment. The book does talk about real historical battles and tactics that were used throughout history which I think is cool but the author does put in things that are not factual like a warrior yelling to his dog in battle which we can not know is true because historical evidence can't trace those things. The authors vocabulary is an interesting blend of very good vocabulary and other stuff which is on the edge of potty language. The book The short way to describe this book is historical embellishment. The book does talk about real historical battles and tactics that were used throughout history which I think is cool but the author does put in things that are not factual like a warrior yelling to his dog in battle which we can not know is true because historical evidence can't trace those things. The authors vocabulary is an interesting blend of very good vocabulary and other stuff which is on the edge of potty language. The book has no main plot because it is broken up into many little stories and each little story is about a battle or a person throughout history starting in the times of the Greeks and going all the way to modern times. Some of the stories are more fictional then others, but all are amazing stories of valor and impossible odds sure to keep you entertained for hours. The reason this book is not a five star is that the language and style of the book is not for everyone and thus I would not recommend it to everyone. Also the language in my opinion is just a slight bit repetitive. I understand the repetitiveness is part of the effect but I feel like it is too much some times. ...more
4

Aug 04, 2014

If I was in high school reading this, I probably would give it a five star, it is clearly written to take some incredible moments in history, and make them more accessible with lots of colorful metaphors, pop culture references, and repeatedly describing the immensity of the testicles of the heroes in these stories. Some of it is chuckle worthy, but a lot of it just gets in the way of telling the actual events, the facts of these stories are ultimately more badass than whatever witty commentary If I was in high school reading this, I probably would give it a five star, it is clearly written to take some incredible moments in history, and make them more accessible with lots of colorful metaphors, pop culture references, and repeatedly describing the immensity of the testicles of the heroes in these stories. Some of it is chuckle worthy, but a lot of it just gets in the way of telling the actual events, the facts of these stories are ultimately more badass than whatever witty commentary the author added. He'd be describing a historical figure slashing his or her way through overwhelming odds, then bring the pacing to a standstill with some joke that takes you out of the moment!

That's my ultimate gripe in what is otherwise a very impressive collection of bravery, heroism and near-superhuman feats performed in battles throughout the world and human history. It has given me a couple dozen figures and conflicts that I want to dive into books specifically about each, the stories were that intriguing that I want to know more about them.

Think of it as a nice primer of if you're into history and wanting to be pointed in the direction of some incredible periods worth checking out! ...more
4

Aug 19, 2016

If you dislike pulp/comic book style prose, over-the-top anachronistic descriptions and constant references to causing injury to male genitalia, then "Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch..." is not for you.

This mass-mayhem version follows the same template as the first "Badass" book I reviewed, but involves includes everything from lone stands by solitary heroes (or villains, depending on your point of view) to major battles and all-out wars. (I skipped over book #2, "Badass: The Birth of a Legend, If you dislike pulp/comic book style prose, over-the-top anachronistic descriptions and constant references to causing injury to male genitalia, then "Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch..." is not for you.

This mass-mayhem version follows the same template as the first "Badass" book I reviewed, but involves includes everything from lone stands by solitary heroes (or villains, depending on your point of view) to major battles and all-out wars. (I skipped over book #2, "Badass: The Birth of a Legend, about gods and myths").

The common theme in all these tales is that the heroes are outnumbered, but decide to fight rather than choose discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valor option. Not every badass lived to a ripe old age, but they earned everlasting renown for their exploits.

While highly entertaining, "Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch..." suffers from over-generalizations to outright inaccuracies. Despite this shortcoming, I still learned about obscure battles and badasses throughout history and even within my lifetime.

"Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch..." enjoys a 4.2-star rating on Amazon.com. Out of nearly 200 readers, 27 thought the book sucked (1-2 stars), 13 thought it was okay (3-stars), 24--including me--thought it was good (4-stars), while a whopping 132 felt it was badass awesome (5-stars).

I'd consider "Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch..." awesome too, if the outright inaccuracies were minimized.

The website, "Badass of the Week" can still be found on-line. ...more
5

Jan 11, 2014

Overall: It's all in the title: badass! If you are a man who doesn't like to read, likes history and goes to the bathroom regularly, READ THIS BOOK. If you are a man who likes to read, READ THIS BOOK.

Ben Thompson's style of recounting history's best battles with such over the top descriptions of historical actions which may or may not have occurred as badass as Stallone arm-wrestling with the switched flipped. The tales of past heroes and heroines makes the picture show in the mind so intense Overall: It's all in the title: badass! If you are a man who doesn't like to read, likes history and goes to the bathroom regularly, READ THIS BOOK. If you are a man who likes to read, READ THIS BOOK.

Ben Thompson's style of recounting history's best battles with such over the top descriptions of historical actions which may or may not have occurred as badass as Stallone arm-wrestling with the switched flipped. The tales of past heroes and heroines makes the picture show in the mind so intense that it turns the eyes inside-out and brain ooze out of the ears having turned to vanilla pudding.

That is about as close as I can get to his unique, "ball"-ridden, hyperbolized weavings of history. Although true to the events, the way in which the heroics are recounted make you keep reading. He has a talent and thick thesaurus full of names for testicles.

This book may not have been intended to be a Bathroom Reader, but it functions perfectly as one. It has short stories, all captivating, all hilarious, all full of trivia and knowledge.

The book recounts history's best Deathmatches between two forces seemingly unbeatable (or at least one side appears unbeatable). "Badass" covers many time periods evenly and he doesn't seem to favor any one side (winning or losing).

I would recommend this book to: men who don't like to read, women who want to help their man read something "worthwhile" (aka a history book!), history buffs needing a break from the dry recountments of battles, and men in general. ...more
3

Dec 31, 2018

This is a good book , if the writer doesn’t write something annoying
2

Aug 29, 2019

This book started out funny and light, with a good balance of humor and information. Eventually, the jokes got repetitive and the stories got shorter.
3

Aug 26, 2019

Dropped this half way through. The scrotum jokes got a bit old and excessively used.

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