Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC


Badass Series - A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


The badasses populating the pages of Badass are the most savagely awesome historical figures to ever strap on a pair of chain mail gauntlets and run screaming into battle. Author Ben Thompson—considered by many to be the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—has gathered together a rogues’ gallery of butt-stomping rogues, from Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan to Blackbeard, George S. Patton, and Bruce Lee. Their bone-breaking exploits are illustrated by top artist from the fields of gaming, comics, and cards—DC Comics illustrator Matt Haley and Thomas Denmark, illustrator for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. This is not your boring high school history—this is tough, manly, unrelentingly Badass!

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 21, 2013 – Continuing with his theme of profiling badasses in all their badassery (his stated aim here is to recount “forty of my all-time favorite beatdowns from history”), Thompson marches on, recounting epic battles, standoffs, and skirmishes from antiquity through modern times in this testosterone-fueled collection. Beginning with the tale of Cyrus the Great’s 6th century B.C.E. attack on Lydia, Thompson (Badass: Birth of a Legend) covers all manner of conflicts, ranging from large-scale battles (e.g., Operation Desert Storm) to one-man-standing gunfights (like 77-year-old Don Alejo Garza Tamez’s shootout with Mexican gangsters in 2010), peppering the bloody tales with plenty of pop culture references and liberal doses of sarcasm. This approach, coupled with the brief summations of the battles, makes for engaging though wearying reading, best consumed in small doses. But that’s not to say the book isn’t wildly entertaining or well written. Thompson’s unabashed enthusiasm for his material (“Scythed war chariots are probably some of the most badass and most underappreciated weapons in all of ancient warfare.”) is palpable and infectious, and his research is admirable. Fans of mayhem—mythical and real—as well as military strategists will find this to be a worthwhile investment. 40 b&w illus.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic read. History in a fun way.

Great book. The author has a gift for making the text feel as visceral as the action it describes.


Fun book to read, nice balance of fact and comedic commentary.

View in iTunes
  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Military
  • Published: Oct 27, 2009
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Badass Series
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

Customer Ratings