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Assassinations shake the world. They are a major threat to political stability –and they always have been. They shock society to its foundations. The assassins may be political activists, rivals, idealists, social campaigners or cold-blooded hitmen. Some are genuinely altruistic,seeking the salvation of their country;some are ruthless power-grabbing self-promoters;some are pathetic inadequates who want to destroy someone more successful than themselves; some simply want notoriety. Assassinations and Conspiracies tells the stories of the most notorious assassinations in history, detailing the victims, the assassins, the motives for the murders, the consequences – and the theories that have been put forward about the conspiracies that surround them.