I'm author Michael Farquhar and I write about bad days in history. AMA!
EDIT: THANK YOU everyone for your thoughtful questions. It was fun engaging with you! Hope each of you reading or participating DOESN'T have a BAD DAY!
Hi Reddit, I'm Michael Farquhar. I write the kind of history you never learned in history class. I used to write and edit at The Washington Post, before turning to books. My work includes the critically acclaimed Behind the Palace Doors and Secret Lives of the Tsars, as well as the popular Penguin "Treasury" series: A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans. My latest is a sequel to the bestselling Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year—cleverly titled MORE Bad Days in History: The Delightfully Dismal, Day-by-Day Saga of Ignominy, Idiocy, and Incompetence Continues. Ask me anything!