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Sometimes bad makes for good reading


Oh yeah?

If all those political ads have you in a misanthropic mood, here are books to affirm your grumpiness.

The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals From the World of Politics and Power (Adams Media) by Brian Thornton is a historian's exuberantly nasty survey of bad behavior by everyone from the Puritans to John Edwards and Karl Rove.

The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction (Dutton) by Wendy Northcutt is a hilarious survey of those "who help natural selection by taking a swan dive into the shallow end of the gene pool" — like treating a snakebite with a Taser.

People Who Deserve It: Socially Responsible Reasons to Punch Someone in the Face (Perigee) by Casey Rand and Tim Gordon is a cheerfully vulgar catalog of people (Passive-Aggressive Emoticon User), things (baggage fees) and historic figures (Nathan Bedford Forrest) who could use a pop in the chops.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Sometimes bad makes for good reading 10/30/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 30, 2010 4:30am]
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