Thugs: How History's Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World through Terror, Tyranny, and Mass Murder

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For the most notorious leaders in the history of the world, evil is more than just a moment of weakness―it's a way of life.

For every noble king, righteous emperor, and peace-loving president, history seems to serve up a double portion of murderous pharaohs, deranged dictators, or corrupt czars. Thugs probes this dark and twisted side of raw human power―from France's King Louis XIV to China's Mao Tse-Tung and everywhere in between. it's a ...

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Thugs: How History's Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World through Terror, Tyranny, and Mass Murder

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Overview

For the most notorious leaders in the history of the world, evil is more than just a moment of weakness―it's a way of life.

For every noble king, righteous emperor, and peace-loving president, history seems to serve up a double portion of murderous pharaohs, deranged dictators, or corrupt czars. Thugs probes this dark and twisted side of raw human power―from France's King Louis XIV to China's Mao Tse-Tung and everywhere in between. it's a fascinating peek into the lives of the rich and infamous, the sour crème de la crème.

Some, like Herod the Great, earned villainous reputations for slaughtering their own family members and countrymen. Others, like Egypt's King Farouk, were almost laughable in their misdeeds, amassing the world's largest collection of pornography. Then there are those leaders, such as Hitler, who committed acts of such unspeakable evil that their names are uttered as curses.

From Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos's bullet-proof bras to African strongman Ide Amin's bizarre fixation with all things Scottish, Micah D. Halpern turns the yellowed pages of history and contemporary news accounts to profile the bewildering, outrageous, horrific, gut-wrenching, zany, and tragicomic behavior of the world's worst leaders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595550736
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,334,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Micah D. Halpern, a syndicated columnist, is a frequent analyst on terrorism and the Middle East for radio and television and has appeared regularly on CBS, Fox, and MSNBC. Halpern has been invited for consultations in the White House with terror analysts and has addressed conferences sponsored by the Justice Department. His expertise as a historian was called on by PBS for their four-part series on Herod and by The History Channel for the documentary film Masada in which he also appears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    This book has so many problems that I had to stop after 86 pag

    This book has so many problems that I had to stop after 86 pages, and that was generous. Thugs is rife with generalizations, such as a description of Nasser, "He hated the French, and he disliked the Americans," (p. 56) that provide no rationale, much less specific examples. There is also little attention paid to catastrophic effect on citizenry, who are usually treated as no more than statistics. For example, after glossing over arrests, exiles, and murders with a single sentence, Halpern devotes a couple paragraphs to Ben Ali's offending Bush by not participating in Gulf War I, concluding that "Ben Ali may have learned his lesson. We'll see." Setting aside the irritating informality that wouldn't pass in a junior high Social Studies class, the lesson Halpern imparts here is telling. His problem isn't with thugs, but with those who don't support American foreign policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    An amazing book

    This book should not be looked simply because of its name. It is a great hustory book that is very informative about the different leaders and dictators throughout history. Would make a great book for any young person on the brink of finding themselves in the learning world. It is a must read.

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