The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne, from Rasputin to Rove

The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne, from Rasputin to Rove

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by Kerwin Swint
     
 

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Throughout history, behind so many de facto rulers, there can often be found a shadowy puppetmaster pulling the strings. Using examples from Machiavelli, Catherine de Medici and Alexander Hamilton to Dick Cheney, Zhou Enlai and Joseph Stalin, Kerwin Swint presents profiles of notorious “king whisperers,” spanning the globe and historical periods, showing… See more details below

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Throughout history, behind so many de facto rulers, there can often be found a shadowy puppetmaster pulling the strings. Using examples from Machiavelli, Catherine de Medici and Alexander Hamilton to Dick Cheney, Zhou Enlai and Joseph Stalin, Kerwin Swint presents profiles of notorious “king whisperers,” spanning the globe and historical periods, showing how they employed unique styles of power politics to wrest control.

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Library Journal
Swint (political science, Kennesaw State Univ.; Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time) offers an illuminating study of the real power players, the behind-the-scenes movers and shakers in political history. His work is divided thematically by philosophical and/or psychological approach, e.g., "Machiavellian," "Silver-Tongued Devils," and "Schemers." These are somewhat traditional divisions—Swint does not dig deeply into the particular philosophies. Within each type, he provides a brief historical-political biographical snapshot of exemplars covering a wide variety of time periods and cultures. Examples include Dick Cheney as a Machiavellian, Leon Trotsky as a silver-tongued devil, and James Carville as a "Fixer." These snapshots are well defined, with Swint highlighting the specific details that align with the section each person represents. VERDICT General readers interested in political history and political science will find this a captivating book. Not for academics or specialists because there's a lot of nuance left untouched, although the bibliography indicates a good amount of research.—Elizabeth Zeitz, Otterbein Univ. Lib., Westerville, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402772016
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Can Do! Bks.
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,324,302
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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