There is a whole lot more to the Slavs than tired stereotypes and chain-smoking, and ‘An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery’ is here to, well, illustrate that. The good and the great of Slavic history are celebrated in this funnier-than-a-history-book-should-be tome, as John Bills toasts the revolutionaries of Bulgaria, the poets of Bosnia & Herzegovina, the inventors of Slovakia and more, including Europe’s first vampire and a guy that gets drunk and floats down rivers. Scientists, musicians, artists, diplomats, athletes, warriors and more are explored, as Bills attempts to answer the important questions in life - where did soft contact lenses come from? Who was the first woman to sail around the world on her own? Can a human being deadlift cattle? An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery has the answers.