In this marvellous book Will Cuppy tells the life stories of some of history's most famous men and women, in his onw inimitable style. He starts with the Egyptian Pharoah Cheops, or Khufu, and goes on to discuss the female pharoah Hatshepsut, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Atillia the Hun, Lucrezia Borgia, William the Conqueror, and many others. His comments on the lives and habits of the people he writes about are hilarious. Discussing Henry VIII's conduct in bringing about the execution of two of his wives, he remarks "As a matter of fact, Henry merely allowed the law to take its course, but some people feel that a really thoughtful husband would have done something about it." And writing of the childhood of Peter the Great he says "his teacher permitted him to develop his own individuality, and if you have met any such children I don't have to tell you." Writing of Agrippina, mother of Nero, he says "Agrippina was a sister of Caligula. You don't get over a thing like that." Every chapter in this book is full of hilarious comments. I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book, and still find it blissfully funny every time. The illustrations by William Steig are delightful too.