Caution: don’t look for the good guys in here.
What do Mother Theresa, Honest Abe, and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? They’re all too good for this book, that’s what.
Sure, you’ll find some familiar faces like Queen Elizabeth I and Thomas Edison in here, but you’ll learn that behind their angelic smiles were cunning con artists who stole their way to gold and greatness.
Follow the trail of twelve troublemakers to learn what really made the Mona Lisa the most iconic painting in the world, meet the most powerful pirate from history (it’s probably not who you’re expecting), and watch empires rise and fall with the theft of a simple tea plant. Turns out our world owes a lot to those who dabble on the dark side.
If you’re not scared of crooks and criminals, take a peek at this new side of history . . .
About the Author
Brianna DuMont is the award-winning author of numerous nonfiction books for middle grade readers and enjoys exposing the forgotten bits in history. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, two kids, and two cats, but you can visit her at www.briannadumont.com
Table of Contents
Author's Note vii
Chapter 1 The Venetians 3
Chapter 2 Francisco Pizarro 14
Chapter 3 Queen Elizabeth I of England 26
Chapter 4 Catherine the Great 38
Chapter 5 Napoleon Bonaparte 51
Chapter 6 Madame Cheng 63
Chapter 7 Robert Fortune 74
Chapter 8 Robert Smalls 86
Chapter 9 William Tweed 99
Chapter 10 Thomas Edison 109
Chapter 11 Vincenzo Peruggia 120
Chapter 12 Klaus Fuchs 131
Notes on Sources 147
Image Credits 163