Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Author Focuses On History’s Biggest Bastards

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you want to make a mark on history, it helps to be a bastard.

That’s how it appears to self-proclaimed “bastard- ologist” Bill Fielding, who has researched the lives of more than 8000 bastards for an upcoming book, Those Bastards! (Bill Fielding Publishing).

Most bastards are either lucky, stupid, evil or sick – and, interestingly, a large number making the list are illegitimate, which makes them true bastards in every sense of the word.

But figuring out who’s a bastard of historical proportions isn’t as simple as it sounds. Fielding says there are a lot of gray areas.

As he puts it, “Adolph Hitler may have been an evil bastard, but he was a vegetarian because he didn’t believe in killing animals.”

Other bastards who’ve made an impact include sick bastards like Charlie Manson; greedy bastards like Donald Trump; and obnoxious bastards like Bill O’Reilly.

Finally, Fielding puts Pope Benedict XVI in the “reformed bastard” category because he was a member of the Hitler Youth when he was in his teens.

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