After reading "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World," you get the sense that author Steven A. Grasse isn't totally smitten with the Brits. Grasse's book is an angry and amusing assault on everyone from "inbred royals" like Queen Elizabeth II (the direct descendant of cannibalistic Druids") to the "pug-faced louts" of Scotland Yard. He also skewers cricket playing, "pudding-bellied barons," Big Ben, the band Oasis, vainglorious Shakespearean actors and Sir Isaac Newton. Even poor Harry Potter doesn't escape vitriolic wrath.
In addition to the tongue-in-cheek rants, the well-designed book features scores of clever illustrations. Find out more about "The Evil Empire" (Quirk Books, $15.95) by visiting www.evilempire.com
Author Steven A. Grasse is founder and CEO of the edgy Philadelphia ad agency Quaker City Mercantile. He also oversees "The International Coalition for British Reparations" (www.BritishReparations.org), which is asking Mother England to dole out $58.4 trillion for ruining the world.