More Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar is a highly recommended compendium featuring a bad event for every day of the year. This follows Bad Days in History published in 2015.
Organized by month and day this is not so much a book you read cover
to cover as one you dip into for a daily or monthly dose of misfortune,
mishaps, and misbehavior. The entries range from ancient Rome to recent
history, with more recent dates favored over earlier times. The historical
anecdotes cover a wide range of subjects, from politicians, to writers,
celebrities, pop culture figures and notable personalities. This is the
book for those who derive pleasure from another person's misfortune.
The events are not horrific or tragic; they are bad days, just like a
bad day you might have only perhaps on a larger scale because most of us
won't have our bad days recorded for posterity. The events covered are
mostly that of a person but some tangentially involve a city or region.
a small gathering I brought out the book and we had an enjoyable time
just thumbing through the book, looking up suggested dates (birthdays
are always fun). This was a fun approach to using More Bad Days in History
as an entertaining diversion. It must be noted that the group found
some bad days more amusing than others, which is to be expected with any
collection of what are essentially short stories. It was also noted
among the group that some of the wording was a little more prejudicial
or politicized than it needed to be. It's a collection of bad days in
history so extra editorializing shouldn't be needed to tell the story.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from National Geographic for TLC Book Tours.