The “Hideous History” series begins with two offerings from writer and journalist Sandra Lawrence who brainstorms new angles around history, focusing on the grim, gruesome and gory parts of its dark side. Amazing illustrations and charts by Bernard Chau add to the scrapbook feel of the colorful volumes. “Trials & Trickery” includes men, women , and historical events that involve unfair trials and unspeakable treachery, from the betrayal and murder of Julius Caesar, to the Spanish Inquisition, outlandish trials of witches, grisly tales of Jesse James, and many more bizarre events and characters with hideous pasts. “Death & Destruction” features the well-known characters and historical events that caused chaos and mayhem, from the horrible exploits of American gangster Al Capone to the mystical prophecies of Rasputin, Dracula’s unspeakable deeds, Viking rampages, pirates and more. This darkly funny and informative series will be appreciated by middle school non-fiction readers.