The Most Evil Men and Women in History
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The Most Evil Men and Women in History

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by Miranda Twiss
     
 
A catalogue of horrific evil, from the first century AD to the present day.

Evil is a fact of life. We can see it, not only in the reigns of Stalin and Hitler, but also in everyday crimes like murder, rape and assault - quite apart from the millions of lives brutalized by political or religious oppression, poverty, disease and starvation.

One factor unites

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A catalogue of horrific evil, from the first century AD to the present day.

Evil is a fact of life. We can see it, not only in the reigns of Stalin and Hitler, but also in everyday crimes like murder, rape and assault - quite apart from the millions of lives brutalized by political or religious oppression, poverty, disease and starvation.

One factor unites the sixteen men and women featured in this book and the evil acts they committed - they all had unlimited power over the people whose lives they controlled. Their reigns of terror cover a time-span of nearly two thousand years, from the rule of Caligula over the Roman Empire starting in 37AD, to the genocide of educated Cambodians under Pol Pot during the 1980's. Motivated by power, religion, political belief, or by sadism and lust, and sometimes by insanity, they have become bywords for terror throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760734964
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2002
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Most Evil Men and Women in History 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book was an interesting read, the editing is horrendous. There are multiple dates wrong (see: pg 135 that says 1992 for Stalin), the sentence structures are mostly broken English and there are quite a few typos that even spell check should have caught. As one reviewer also said, quite a few paragraphs are taken from other texts without site or quotation. It's a cute coffee table book, but not at all a serious publication.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Each chapter was easy to read and interesting to follow. A very good case study of history's most despotic leaders. I did find the numerous grammatical and typographical errors somewhat annoying. One such error placed Stalin in Russia in April 1992. Otherwise, it was very informative. Definitely recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the kind of book that a person like myself waits for. It delves into the psyche of man to find its darkest part and reveal to the reader through such colorful figures in history. Most of them known, and some of them are actually new to me. It is also a good book on historical profiles and accurate details of the rise of power of these figures. One can only wish for a sequel to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Most Evil Men and Women in History by Miranda Twiss is an eye opening book that reminds us just how cruel people can be. Dating back to Julius Caesar and his deadly reign, up to Idi Amin known as the ¿butcher of East Africa¿, to the well-known Hitler and Stalin. This book tells the life story of the most evil people known to man. Not only have they caused the deaths of their own people, but also their loved ones. Julius Caesar even went as far as ordering his own mother to be killed by having her veins split open and boiled alive. All of these people have one thing in common; they will do anything to gain power. Not all evil people have been men; Bloody Mary and Countess Elizabeth are also a pair of heartless rulers who shed the lives of many people. In fact, the day Bloody Mary died was declared a national holiday for 200 years, but what else can be expected when she was Catholic queen ruling a Protestant country. This book will retain your interest if you enjoy history, if not it could be a little hard to get through. Even so, the cruelty of these people will amaze you and will keep you reading. Some of the chapters are more interesting than others and easier to get through like Stalin and Hitler, which are the more well known, but there might be facts that you did not know and will contribute to your knowledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a excellent read but also read the others in the series. Th most evil women in history, the most evil dictators in history, and the recent Most evil mobsters in history. Good prices for some good reads.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful and informative. I do agree with some of the previous reviews as that there should be a part 2 with people like ghangis kahn and saddam hussein, but i still find this book very enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very facinating. I can't believe that people can be so evil for no reason whatsoever. This book could have been better if it included other names. I can think of a few others that be added to this list. Maybe there will be a part 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was basically perfect, there was alot of new information that i learned, but what about some other famous names and people, such as Saddam Hussain, Gengas Kahn, and some of the leaders responsible for the destruction of the Native American tribes in the west? Other than that, it was a very enjoyable and informative book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This will make a perfect book for your book shelf or coffee table. Highly vivid and spell binding. You learn about Atilla the Hun wreaking havoc across the land, Idi Amin's barbarism and slaying of his people and so much more. You do not have to love history to love this book. You get to meet evil as you never knew evil before...and oh yes...if you are weak at heart, this is not the book for you
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this title from a local Barnes + Noble store and as i read i noticed something interesting. Some of the passages in this book are either copied directly or nearly directly from Neil Blandford and Bruce Jones'"The World's Most Evil Men."(1990)I have not read all the book but my findings are based on the chapters on Caligula and Idi Amin. Ms. Twiss does not cite this source in her bibliography or give the two authors any credit. If she was writing this as paper for college she would be thrown out of school!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstandingly fascinating, yet at the same time, stomache churning and outspokenly mourningfull. Each page is full of information and details, extremely hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book. Each of the 16 people ( and there are some real shockers) is in a readable and well illustrated chapter. Just dont read it before bedtime - not unless you dont dream.