The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne, from Rasputin to Rove [NOOK Book]

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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. From spies, silver-tongued devils, and the truly evil, this is a brilliant tapestry of ...
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The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne, from Rasputin to Rove

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Overview



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. From spies, silver-tongued devils, and the truly evil, this is a brilliant tapestry of behind-the-scenes schemers of all shapes and sizes.

 
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402789519
  • Publisher: Union Square Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 477 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Machiavellians 6

"Old Nick" 8

Pre-Machiavelli: Kautilya and the Origins of Realism 15

The Medici Family, Act II Catherine de Medici 19

America's Founding Machiavellian Alexander Hamilton 23

The Perfect Machiavellian Richard B. Cheney 27

Chapter 2 Empire Builders 33

The Holy Warrior: Bernard of Clairvaux 34

The Most Beautiful Man in the Empire Ibrahim Pasha 40

The Kingdom of Spice Jan Pieterszoon Coen 45

Iron and Blood Otto von Bismarck 51

Chapter 3 Kingmakers 58

"A Direction That History Did Not Take" Sir Richard Neville 59

The Duke of (New) York James "Big Jim" Farley 65

The Kingmaker of India K. Kamaraj 72

Chapter 4 Spies 77

The Spymaster Francis Walsingham 78

Eminence Rouge and Eminence Grise Cardinal Richelieu Father Joseph 88

Spy vs. Spy: Lawrence of Arabia vs. Wassmuss of Persia 95

A Spymaster for the Twenty-First Century: Omar Suleiman of Egypt 103

Chapter 5 Silver-Tongued Devils 109

The Righteous Pagan Cicero 110

Empress of the East: Theodora of Byzantium 117

Citizen Talleyrand Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord 121

The Ideologue Leon Trotsky 128

Chapter 6 The Generals 137

King Arthur's Role Model? Flavius Stilicho 138

Charles the Hammer Charles Martel 142

The Prophet Saladin 147

The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell 155

The Razor Hideki Tojo 163

Chapter 7 The Rebels 170

The Ronin Sakamoto Ryoma 171

The Soul and the Sword Mazzini Garibaldi 179

The Perfect Revolutionary Zhou Enlai 187

The Icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara 193

Chapter 8 The Truly Evil 201

The Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada 203

Machiavelli's Worst Nightmare "Young" Joe Stalin 210

Hitler's Right Hand 218

Chapter 9 The Fixers 228

A Twentieth-Century Man "Dollar" Mark Hanna 229

Campaigns, Inc. Clem Whitaker Leone Baxter 237

Camelot's Merlin Larry O'Brien 239

The Dark Genius Roger Ailes 244

The Ragin' Cajun James Carville 247

The Architect Karl Rove 250

Chapter 10 Schemers 255

Old Testament Values Haman 256

A Mother's Love: Agrippina the Younger 260

The She-Wolf: Isabella of France 268

The Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin 276

Endnotes 283

Bibliography 311

Acknowledgments 323

Index 324

About the Author 328

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