Business Books

Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian (also Stalin, Chairman Mao) messed up the world

Justin Bieber. Picture: Instagram/@justinbieber.

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield asks someone to review a business book.

This week he spoke to Alexander Parker, who discussed his new book “50 People Who Messed Up the World".

Description on Amazon:

From drug lords, drug cheats and the morally corrupt to political despots and plain, old crackpots - the twentieth century certainly saw its fair share of villains.

Be it through politics, war, sport, culture or just their general idiocy, these are men and women of infamy who have steered our good ship “Humanity” towards the World-War-fighting, smart-phone-tapping age we are mired in today.

“50 People Who Messed Up the World” brings together the nastiest names from the last century and beyond in one highly unpleasant yet hilarious package.

Nasty names such as Stalin, Hideki Tojo and Chairman Mao make up a murderers’ row of historically horrible figures, alongside more recent sordid celebs including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Lance Armstrong.

Each entry offers a sharply sardonic and scathingly thorough profile, accompanied by hilarious mono illustrations from award-winning cartoonist Zapiro.

Treading the delicate balance between cynicism and optimism, Alexander Parker and Tim Richman offend and entertain in equal measure in this delightfully scornful read.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

People stuff up the world through bad music… it’s not just a body count.

Alexander Parker

Hitler is Captain Obvious in here…

Alexander Parker

Verwoerd and Malan are kind of obvious…

Alexander Parker

Trump is special in his own way… he’s almost a function of the decline in the United States…

Alexander Parker

The history of the Korean Peninsula… is eye-watering horrible…

Alexander Parker

The book was carefully read by my publishers, but not as carefully as their lawyers.

Alexander Parker

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian (also Stalin, Chairman Mao) messed up the world


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
How to boost your reputation and change the way people see you

How to boost your reputation and change the way people see you

Ian Mann reviews “The Reputation Game: The Art of Changing How People See You” by David Waller and Rupert Younger.

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sugar Creek financial expert and author of “My Money” Gerald Mwandiambira.

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Francois Janse van Rensburg, author of “Making Money through Buy-To-Let in South Africa".

Why 96% of small businesses fail (and what to do about it)

Why 96% of small businesses fail (and what to do about it)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Raiz Corp CEO Allon Raiz who reviews “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber.

SA’s public finances recovered spectacularly after ’94. We’re back on the brink…

SA’s public finances recovered spectacularly after ’94. We’re back on the brink…

Financial Mail's Claire Bisseker discusses her book “On the Brink: South Africa’s Political and Fiscal Cliff-Hanger”.

Principles that lead to success (by Ray Dalio, the ‘Steve Jobs of investing’)

Principles that lead to success (by Ray Dalio, the ‘Steve Jobs of investing’)

Regular book reviewer Ian Mann reviews “Principles” by Ray Dalio, a "business" book you can live your life by.

Popular articles
Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Liberty Legal Marketing Specialist, Faeeza Khan talk us through a few financial pointers before getting hitched.

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.