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Encyclopedia of Assassinations
     

Encyclopedia of Assassinations

by Carl Sifakis
 

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Encyclopedia of Assassinations explores the stories surrounding more than 400 assassinations and other attempts at politically-motivated violence. The book's narrative entries detail well-known attacks, attempts, and plots against political figures-including entries on recent assassinations.
Entries on recent assassinations include: Ian

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Encyclopedia of Assassinations explores the stories surrounding more than 400 assassinations and other attempts at politically-motivated violence. The book's narrative entries detail well-known attacks, attempts, and plots against political figures-including entries on recent assassinations.
Entries on recent assassinations include: Ian Gow: Conservative member of the British Parliament, in 1990
Rabbi Meir Kahane: Activist, in 1990
Rajiv Gandhi: Prime Minister of India, in 1991
Mohammed Boudiaf: President of the Algerian military council, in 1992
Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu: Mexican politician, in 1994
Yitzhak Rabin: Prime Minister of Israel, in 1995.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Assassination is probably humanity's oldest form of political protest; certainly it has been with us almost as long as civilization. The present volume contains over 350 assassinations and attempted assassinations from antiquity to the present. The brief articles (five pages is the longest) provide little biographical information about the victim, concentrating instead on the political circumstances that precipitated the act. All the familiar victims are included, plus a great many recognizable only by a dedicated assassination buff. While the book adds nothing new to the literature of assassination, it does pull together a lot of material from many different sources. Given the current popularity of true crime stories, this very browsable work is sure to be of interest to the general public. For larger public libraries and those with a high demand for this sort of thing.-- Melvin L. Grotberg, Hobbs P.L., N.M.
School Library Journal
YA-- A quick glance at assassinations and attempted assassinations through the ages, illustrated with black-and-white photos and sketches. Many entries include additional reading suggestions for those seeking more information.
Booknews
This update of the unique 1991 reference details some 300 politically- motivated assassinations/attempts from ancient to modern times, alphabetically listed from Comoro Islands' ruler A. Abdullah in 1989 (it took four tries) to Bangladesh president General Ziaur in 1981. The most recent assassination covered is that of an indicted Serbian war criminal in 2000. Includes a listing by country; and b&w illustrations of victims and assassins. Sifakis, the freelance author of , does not endorse conspiracy theories nor the view that such murders invariably change the course of history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816043590
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Facts on File Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 10.95(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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