Dust off your touchscreens and put on your diapers! A journey through the magically fascinating world of human prejudice, this book will take you on a ride through the infantile delusions of the ancient civilizations of Greece and China. It will reveal the stupefying amalgam of superstition and paranoia of the Middle Ages. It will expose the pious madness of the Spanish Reconquista and its incestuous but God-fearing masterminds Isabella and Ferdinand. It will follow the voyages of a racist xenophobe called Christopher Columbus, study the genetic defects of the greatest Habsburg emperor, explore the competing eccentricity between the Roman popes and the Ottoman sultans, exhume the megalomaniac ambitions of Charlemagne, and examine the discovery of America by a reckless bunch of Scandinavian socialists known as the Vikings. You will also find out that scapegoats were the first domesticated animals; that virtuous men, like Alexander the Great, only commit mistakes when they listen to women; that most Egyptian mummies were eaten by enlightened Europeans during the Renaissance; and -- last but not least -- that unicorns, who reportedly love the company of virgins, got extinct in the early 17th Century, never to be seen again. The essays in this book are collected from the best-selling illustrated Atlas of Prejudice series by visual artist and writer Yanko Tsvetkov, developed for his world-renown Mapping Stereotypes project.
Yanko Tsvetkov would best describe himself as an explorer. He insists curiosity is his best asset and pursuing it--his real profession.
A Bulgarian, born in the Black Sea port of Varna in 1976, he has traveled several continents, passed through thick jungles, walked through scorching deserts and booked a lot of taxis in busy metropolises. In the meantime he learned four languages and always kept notes about his experiences - either on paper or in his head.read more
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