Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators

Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators

by Nigel Cawthorne
Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators

Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators

by Nigel Cawthorne

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Overview

"I have committed many acts of cruelty and had an incalculable number of men killed, never knowing whether what I did was right. But I am indifferent to what people think of me."
- Genghis Khan

A spine-chilling chronicle of dictators and their crimes against humanity, Tyrants introduces the most bloodthirsty madmen - and women - ever to wield power over their unfortunate fellow human beings.

From Herod the Great, persecutor of the infant Jesus, to Adolf Hitler, mass murderer and instigator of the most devastating war the world has ever known, this book examines history's most infamous despots and tells in vivid detail the story of the lives they led, their ruthless climb to the top and the destruction and sorrow they left in their wake.

Unflinching in its coverage, Tyrants is a gripping and compelling portrait of the darker side of politics and power, revealing the strange and grisly stories behind the world's most infamous autocrats.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784041069
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 270,217
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College, London, where he gained an Honours degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has written, contributed to and edited more than 100 books, including Fighting Them On The Beaches: D-Day, 6 June 1944, The Battle of Britain, Vietnam: A War Lost and Won, Stalin, and The Story of the SS. His work has also appeared in over a hundred and fifty newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Sun to the Financial Times.

Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College, London, where he gained an Honours degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for over 25 years, the last 21 freelance. He has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books, including Fighting Them On The Beaches: D-Day, 6 June 1944, The Battle of Britain, Vietnam: A War Lost and Won, Stalin, and The Story of the SS. His work has also appeared in over a hundred and fifty newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and includes contributions to Nam, Eyewitness Nam and The Falklands War. Nigel also visited Vietnam with the legendary Tim Page, where he researched the material for Nam, Eyewitness Nam, and The Bamboo Cage. He is also the creator of websites on the Battle of Hastings, and Pearl Harbor.

Table of Contents

The Ancient World

1 Akhenaton: Pharaoh of Egypt 8

2 Sennacherib: King of Assyria 9

3 Pheidon of Argos: Tyrant of Athens 10

4 Tarquin the Proud: Last King of Rome 11

5 Polycrates: Tyrant of Samos 12

6 Alexander the Great: King of Macedonia 12

7 Emperor Ch'in Shih-huang-ti: Emperor of China 17

8 Herod the Great: King of Judaea 18

9 Augustus: First Emperor of Rome 20

10 Caligula: Emperor of Rome 22

11 Agrippina: 'Empress' of Rome 26

12 Nero: Emperor of Rome 27

13 Domitian: Emperor of Rome 29

14 Attila the Hun: King of the Huns 30

15 Fredegund: Queen of the Franks 32

The Middle Ages

16 Wu Hou: Empress of China 34

17 Harun-al-Rashid: Caliph of Baghdad 35

18 Saint Olga: Regent of Russia 36

19 Genghis Khan: Rider of the Mongols 36

20 King John: King of England 44

21 Pedro the Cruel: King of Castile 45

22 Tamerlane: Ruler of Samarkand 46

23 Gian Galeazzo Visconti: Duke of Milan 48

24 Tomas de Torquemada: Grand Inquisitor of Spain 49

25 Vlad the Impaler: Count of Wallachia 52

26 Richard III: King of England 56

27 Cesare Borgia: Cardinal of Rome 57

28 Francisco Pizarro: Conqueror of the Incas 58

29 Hernán Cortés: Destroyer of the Aztecs 61

30 Henry VIII: King of England 63

31 Mary I: Queen of England 66

32 Catherine de'Medici: Regent of France 68

33 Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of Russia 69

34 Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Ruler of Japan 72

35 Boris Godunov: Tsar of Russia 74

36 Elizabeth Bathory: Countess of Transylvania 76

37 Charles I: King of England 78

38 Aurangzeb: Mughal Emperor of India 81

39 Peter the Great: Tsar of Russia 82

40 Nadir Shah: Shah of Persia 84

41 Frederick William I: King of Prussia 85

The Napoleonic Era

42 Catherine the Great: Tsarina of Russia 87

43 George III: King of England 90

44 Tippu Sultan: Sultan of Mysore 91

45 Louis XVI: King of France 92

46 Paul I: Tsar of Russia 94

47 Maximilien Robespierre: Revolutionary French Leader 96

48 Dr Jose Gaspar Rodríguez Francia: Dictator of Paraguay 100

49 Napoleon Bonaparte: Emperor of France 103

50 Agustín de Iturbide: Dictator of Mexico 108

51 Ludwig I and Ludwig II: Kings of Bavaria 109

52 Shaka: Chief of the Zulu 112

53 Juan Manuel de Rosas: Dictator of Argentina 113

54 Ferdinand II: King of Naples and Sicily 114

55 Hung Hsiu-ch'uan: Warlord of China 115

56 Theodore II: Emperor of Ethiopia 116

57 Francisco Solano López: Dictator of Paraguay 117

58 Antonio Guzmán Blanco: President of Venezuela 122

59 Leopold II: King of Belgium 123

60 Mwanga: Kabaka of Buganda 129

The Modern World

61 Porfirio Díaz: Dictator of Mexico 132

62 Tzu-his: Dowager Empress of China 133

63 Kaiser Wilhelm II: Emperor of Germany 134

64 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: Leader of the USSR 136

65 Syngman Rhee: President of Korea 138

66 Juan Perón: President of Argentina 139

67 Josef Stalin: Leader of the USSR 141

68 Benito Mussolini: Dictator of Italy 143

69 Chiang Kai-shek: Ruler of China 146

70 Adolf Hitler: Führer of Germany 148

71 António de Oliveira Salazar: Ruler of Portugal 152

72 Rafael Trujillo: Dictator of the Dominican Republic 153

73 Francisco Franco: Dictator of Spain 154

74 Mao Tse-tung: Chairman, Chinese Communist Party 157

75 Anastasio Somoza García: Dictator of Nicaragua 161

76 Ayatollah Khomeini: Ruler of Iran 163

77 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar: Dictator of Cuba 165

78 Ngo Dinh Diem: President of South Vietnam 167

79 Achmed Sukarno: President of Indonesia 168

80 François Duvalier ('Papa Doc'): President of Haiti 170

81 Enver Hoxha: Leader of Albania 172

82 Kwame Nkrumah: President of Ghana 173

83 Kim Il-sung: Leader of North Korea 174

84 Alfredo Stroessner: Dictator of Paraguay 775

85 Augusto Pinochet: President of Chile 176

86 Ferdinand Marcos: President of the Philippines 178

87 Nicolae Ceausescu: Dictator of Romania 180

88 Jean Bedel Bokassa: President, Central African Republic 182

89 Idi Amin: President of Uganda 184

90 Robert Mugabe: President of Zimbabwe 185

91 Fidel Castro: President of Cuba 187

92 Efrain Ríos Montt: Dictator of Guatemala 190

93 Pol Pot: Leader of Cambodia 192

94 Mobutu Sese Seko: Dictator of the Congo 194

95 Mengistu Haile Mariam: Ruler of Ethiopia 195

96 Saddam Hussein: President of Iraq 197

97 Slobodan Milosevic President of Serbia 200

98 Muammar al-Gaddafi: President of Libya 202

99 Hissen Habré: Dictator of Chad 206

100 Samuel Doe: Dictator of Liberia 208

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