March 2010 Badass. A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live by Ben Thompson. This book is classified "History/Humor" and it delivers on both. I'm not sure that everyone will appreciate the humor as it comes across in many places as "locker room talk." But, if you let your hair down (if in fact you have any) then this is a pretty entertaining read.

The author has assembled 40 of what he considered the toughest individuals (men and women) from antiquity to the modern era and tells their story in 5-6 pages, with many obviously anachronistic references and "locker room" humor. The "badasses" cover the well known (z.b. Julius Caesar, George Patton, etc..) to some unknowns, at least to me anyway (like Bass Reeves, a US Marshall in the Indian Territories in the late 1800's), and some that I knew but never really knew much about (z.b. Charles Martel, Jonathan Netanyahu).

It's about 320 pages long. I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. And, if you want more, the author has a website called