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Children's LiteratureThis book profiles evil rulers and what commonalities exist among them. The book focuses on seven particular tyrants over a period of 2,500 years, providing biographies of each leader. What motivated each of them? What finally destroyed them? These seven particular tyrants are: Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC), first emperor of China; Nero (37-69), Roman Emperor; Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584), Czar of Russia; Robespierre (1758-1794), of France; Hitler (1889-1945), leader of Nazi Germany; Stalin (1879-1953), of the Soviet Union; and modern-day Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Besides the seven profiles, there are three additional chapters. The first chapter of the book is entitled "Ways of the Tyrant" and identifies three characteristics that most tyrants share and seven signs of a tyrant. For example, tyrants usually emerge during times of turmoil, and they are typically consumed by xenophobia and suspicion. The next to the last chapter in the book devotes one page each to five modern dictators. These men all have taken power since 1995 and include Francois Duvalier of Haiti, Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Pol Pot of Cambodia, Idi Amin of Uganda, and Kim Jong II of North Korea. The final chapter looks at the difficulties in bringing an end to tyranny in the world. Students and classrooms might use this book to look at tyranny in general or to research a particular ruler. 2005, Annick Press Ltd, Ages 12 up.