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Blood and Splendor: The Lives of Five Tyrants, From Nero to Saddam Hussein [NOOK Book]

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“A page turner . . . entertaining history that’s told with gusto and goes down like a pleasant aperitif.”
–The Washington Post Book World (regarding Myerson’s The Linguist and the Emperor)

Nero, Ivan the Terrible, Stalin, Hitler, and Saddam Hussein. The names evoke horror and bloodshed -- but also awe at the range of power of these despots and their accomplishments. What makes a tyrant? And why, when history has taught us time and again that they must be stopped, do such leaders continue to exist? The five short...
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Blood and Splendor: The Lives of Five Tyrants, From Nero to Saddam Hussein

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Overview

“A page turner . . . entertaining history that’s told with gusto and goes down like a pleasant aperitif.”
–The Washington Post Book World (regarding Myerson’s The Linguist and the Emperor)

Nero, Ivan the Terrible, Stalin, Hitler, and Saddam Hussein. The names evoke horror and bloodshed -- but also awe at the range of power of these despots and their accomplishments. What makes a tyrant? And why, when history has taught us time and again that they must be stopped, do such leaders continue to exist? The five short but substantial biographies in this volume help answer these questions as they tell the stories of five diabolical geniuses, exploring who they are, what they did, and what they drove them to such cruel lengths. You'll read about how the extragance of their lives and the complexity of their obsessions were played out through their political actions, often with global consequences. And you'll discover what conditions could create a tyrant just as horrible today. Spanning centuries and continents, these biographies offer a fascinating glimpse into history's darkest hearts and minds.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014200042
  • Publisher: Daniel Myerson
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 717,149
  • File size: 542 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Meyerson, an Ellis Fellow at Columbia University, has taught writing at Columbia, New York University, and Bennington College. He is the author of several works of history, including IN THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS: HOWARD CARTER AND THE MYSTERY OF KING TUTANKHAMUN'S TOMB (Random House/Ballantine, 2009); THE LINGUIST AND THE EMPEROR: NAPOLEON AND CHAMPOLLION’S QUEST TO DECIPHER THE ROSETTA STONE (Random House/Ballantine, 2007) and BLOOD AND SPLENDOR: THE LIVES OF FIVE TYRANTS, FROM NERO TO SADDAM HUSSEIN (Harpercollins, 2005). His books have been critically-acclaimed in venues ranging from The Washington Post Book World to Time to Harpers to Publishers Weekly to Booklist. His most recent book was also named Amazon’s “Best of the Month.” He has appeared on Fox television and other national venues promoting his books. He received his MA in English and Comparative Literature and his M.Phil from Columbia University, where he was an Ellis Fellow. Daniel lives in New York City.
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    Posted January 1, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    very interesting

    if you enjoy history you will enjoy this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    A Terrific Book!

    Myerson has written a tremendous collection of short biographies. Don't be fooled by its short size. Each biography is not only full and rich; the writing is as gripping as a first-class novel. Most impressive is his Myerson's remarkable insight into these historic villans. He has an incredible gift for revealing the layers and contradictions of this 'rogue' gallery. He also displays a sensitivity to what inspired these people to succumbing so completely to the darkest part of human nature. The writing is matched by Myerson's excellent 'writer's eye' for picking the most offbeat yet revealing moments in the lives of his topics. This keen eye is in use right away with the biography of Adolf Hitler. Of all the moments one could pick for this man of infinite horrors, Myerson introduces us to Hitler as the Fuhrer is sitting down to watch Gone With The Wind. This isn't just a clever introduction; this anecdote is used to bridge us to Hitler's own grand and apocalyptic concept of destiny and history. In short, this is one terrific book. Forget about history; this is a book for anyone who simply wants a gripping read.

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