Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula

Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula

by Enid A. Goldberg, Norman Itzkowitz
     
 

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Deep in the mountains of Transylvania there once lived a real Dracula.  He was Prince Vlad Dracula, and he ruled with a thirst for blood worthy of a vampire.
 
Loyalty meant nothing to Vlad Dracula.  He betrayed his friends and befriended his enemies.  When his enemies became friends, he betrayed them too.  He would sacrifice anything

Overview

Deep in the mountains of Transylvania there once lived a real Dracula.  He was Prince Vlad Dracula, and he ruled with a thirst for blood worthy of a vampire.
 
Loyalty meant nothing to Vlad Dracula.  He betrayed his friends and befriended his enemies.  When his enemies became friends, he betrayed them too.  He would sacrifice anything to stay in power. 
 
The most famous vampire in literature may have taken Vlad Dracula's name.  But the real Dracula's life is more shocking than any horror story.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
One can get teens to willingly read history by focusing on some of history's most wicked characters such as Vlad the Impaler and Tomas de Torquemada in these easy-to-read little books with eye-catching covers. They provide brief biographies as well as an overview of the historical context in which they lived. Although both were involved in violent acts, the context serves to humanize them and avoid over-sensationalizing the events. Vlad, for example, had a violent childhood, was betrayed by others, and spent many years as a prisoner of the Turks. Many of his later atrocities were in retaliation for the cruelty done to his family during his childhood or as a method of attempting to scare off the much larger and more powerful Ottoman Empire. Torquemada genuinely believed that he was doing God's work, and although he approved of torture, he was very devout in his faith, seeing the torment as a way of saving souls. The texts include several visual aides such as maps and chronologies to help understand the events. Also included are historical images and paintings of the people and events in a midsection, although the images are not captioned in the main text and the credits only list copyright and not the artist or creation date. Also included are lists of both further reading and sources, but there are no citations, even on quoted dialogue. Other titles in the series profile Genghis Khan and Rasputin. Reviewer: Teresa Copeland
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8
Part biography, part historical compilation, these books piece together scattered facts and information about their subjects to provide readable, accessible glimpses into these notorious figures. While the various leaders are included because of their ruthless behavior, the authors are able to demonstrate that all are products of their times and their upbringings. Genghis Khan's life was brutal from the beginning and thus he becomes an almost sympathetic player in the politics of ancient Mongolia. Almost. In an effort to provide complete pictures of these men, the writing occasionally lapses into a listing of places, dates, and battles, especially for those people about whom there is not much known, as is the case for Tomás de Torquemada. Complex political machinations lead to complicated descriptions of who, what, where, and when, and the interpretation of events is fairly conventional. Readers will be lured by the notion of gory details of abhorrent actions, but may be disappointed that those depictions often don't occur until late in the game. Each book contains a useful section of images and brief captions to give an overview of the individual's life. Serious researchers will want books with more depth, but casual readers will have enough to sink their teeth into.
—Jody KoppleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531138984
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Wicked History Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
549,130
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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