Evil Masters: The Frightening World of Tyrants

Evil Masters: The Frightening World of Tyrants

by Laura Scandiffio
     
 

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The story of the rise of seven tyrants over the past 3000 years -- despite different countries and times their behavior is frighteningly similar. Includes profiles from ancient China through to today's Saddam Hussein.
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The story of the rise of seven tyrants over the past 3000 years -- despite different countries and times their behavior is frighteningly similar. Includes profiles from ancient China through to today's Saddam Hussein.

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Children's Literature
This 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.
—Lynn O'Connell
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-This informative and compelling title examines the lives and reigns of seven rulers. The profiles range from the frightening ancient world of the first emperor of China and Nero, emperor of Rome during the first century, to Ivan the Terrible and Robespierre. More recent rulers include Hitler, Stalin, and Saddam Hussein. The concise narrative is delivered in an interesting manner, with enough detail to present a historical context without overburdening readers. An introduction reveals some common personality traits that motivate rulers to become tyrants and the climate necessary for individuals to rise to absolute power. Maps, photos, reproductions, and half-page fact boxes make the events easier to understand. Whether readers are seeking information on an individual or want to compare tyrannical traits, this is an excellent and thought-provoking resource.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Canadian Materials
Scandiffio...delivers an informative and interesting text.
— Val K. Lem
Canadian Materials - Val K. Lem
Scandiffio...delivers an informative and interesting text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550378948
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
05/12/2005
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,105,301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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