Great Rivals in History: When Politics Gets Personal

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Rivalries have sparked some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the world, and twenty-four of these are re-created here, among them the dynastic and religious clash of Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots; the jockeying for power and prestige played out by Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates; the differing visions of nationhood that polarized Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong; and the struggle between Adolf Hitler and Ernst Roehm for control of the Nazi Party, the outcome of which set in motion ...

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Overview

Rivalries have sparked some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the world, and twenty-four of these are re-created here, among them the dynastic and religious clash of Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots; the jockeying for power and prestige played out by Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates; the differing visions of nationhood that polarized Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong; and the struggle between Adolf Hitler and Ernst Roehm for control of the Nazi Party, the outcome of which set in motion the ascendancy of the Third Reich.

- When history’s titans clash in a bid to become the first among equals, their actions can affect the lives of millions.
- Inside you’ll find twenty-four in-depth accounts of the greatest rivals in history.

Incredibly researched and utterly compelling, Great Rivals in History provides rare insight into how politics gets personal, revealing the complex forces motivating powerful leaders who have been responsible for some of the most important decisions in history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435103856
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author twelve books including History's Great Untold Stories, Turn Around and Run Like Hell and History's Greatest Hits, as well as Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections. He is also the author of a novel, The Snow Train. He lives with his wife and daughter in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Two Sides to Every Story

    As in everything, there are two sides to every story and this book sets out the contrasts/comparisons of 24 pairs of military and political rivals such as Alexander the Great/Darius II, Henry II/Thomas Becket, Napoleon/Duke of Wellington, Patton/Montgomery, and Kennedy/Nixon. These are the bare bones of the comparisons/contrasts, showing some of the arrogance/egos, self-centerdness/altruistic bent that make some men prominent "leaders" and occasionally lead to their downfall. And, if the reader feels the same as I, this book should lead to more research into these interesting individuals listed.
    In many cases, the comparisons could lead to enlghtening and animated discussions. They could also be good topics for debate. I do very highly recommend this book for a higher grade primary school or first/second year of high school as a first exposure to many of the characters included in this volume. In any case, it would not be time wasted.

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