Great Feuds in History: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever / Edition 1by Colin Evans
Pub. Date: 01/28/2001
Ever since Cain and Abel, feuds between the mighty and the famous have exercised a powerful hold on the public imagination. From the backwoods sniping of the Hatfields versus the McCoys to the backhanded tactics of J. Edgar Hoover against martin Luther King Jr., these ruthless, single-minded, and sometimes murderous personal battles have inflamed nations, destroyed
Ever since Cain and Abel, feuds between the mighty and the famous have exercised a powerful hold on the public imagination. From the backwoods sniping of the Hatfields versus the McCoys to the backhanded tactics of J. Edgar Hoover against martin Luther King Jr., these ruthless, single-minded, and sometimes murderous personal battles have inflamed nations, destroyed lives, and altered the course of history.
In Great Feuds in History, bestselling author Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history’s most significant struggleshigh-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on the generations that followed. Evans offers us an in-depth look at the personalities involved in the conflicts and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that caused these rivalries to take hold and fester. He asks, for instance, what was at the heart of the bitter, years-long feud between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots? Was it a religious battle between the Protestant monarch and Mary’s pious Catholicism, as on the surface it seemedor something more personal between the ambitious Virgin Queen and her wild and sexually impetuous counterpart?
Evans takes us to colonial America to find out how two of the new nation’s most intelligent and influential founding fathersAaron Burr and Alexander Hamiltonwound up dueling to the death like common hooligans. And he follows the bloody trail of Stalin as he ruthlessly pursues the one man who stands between him and ultimate power over Russia’s millionsLenin’s favorite, the brilliant, idealistic, and fatally flawed Trotsky.
Vividly re-creating the drama of these clashes, Great Feuds in History discloses the darker side of history’s grandest figures and the compulsions that drove them with such single-minded furysometimes to the point of destruction. Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, jealousy, fear, and pride that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times.
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Table of Contents
Elizabeth I versus Mary.
Parliament versus Charles I.
Burr versus Hamilton.
Hatfields versus McCoys.
Stalin versus Trotsky.
Amundsen versus Scott.
Duchess of Windsor versus Queen Mother.
Montgomery versus Patton.
Johnson versus Kennedy.
Hoover versus King.
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