Power and Greed: A Short History of the Worldby Philippe Gigantes
Philippe Gigantes takes the reader on a hairraising journey through time, introducing the great rule-makers for a just society -
What is it that has driven human beings throughout history? This controversial book deals with the nature of human greed and the eternal quest for power that, in every era and culture, has determined why world events happened as they did.
Philippe Gigantes takes the reader on a hairraising journey through time, introducing the great rule-makers for a just society -- such as Moses, Solon, Jesus and Muhammad -- and the rule-breakers, or the 'Grand Acquisitors'. It is the latter who use every means fair and foul to acquire more than their share of both power and wealth -- from the warring chieftains of early societies to the so-called robber barons of the nineteenth century and, in our own times, the emergence of the superpower states. Gigantes focuses on the dramatic consequences of their actions for civilization, from crusades and revolutions to cataclysmic wars, recent events in the United States and a world that is turning into a global village.
This exciting and illuminating view of world history challenges historical orthodoxy and shows why we have failed to benefit from the lessons of history. Accessible to both historians and general readers, it gives an insight into today's headlines and points the way to a more civilized future.
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