Kindle Price: $2.99

Save $4.98 (62%)

Read this title for free. Learn more

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

OR
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il Kindle Edition

148 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$2.99

Length: 88 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready
Matchbook Price: $0.99 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Michael Rank is a historian of the Middle East and a former journalist. He is the author of the Kindle #1 best-seller "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash-Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History" and "History's Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books (December 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BN69OXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Michael Rank is a historian of the Middle East and a former journalist. He is the author of the Kindle #1 best-seller "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash-Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History" and "History's Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible."


He blogs about history, religion, society, and culture at the website http://michaelrank.net. You can connect with him there, and he would love it if you did.



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leonidas on December 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a Christmas present. On page one of Chapter One, paragraph two, the author says that Caligula's horse, Incitatus (correctly spelled) is fed "flex of gold" in his food. Flex?????!!! The word is "flecks." Did the author dictate this incredibly poorly written book to a not-too-bright, phonetically-challenged graduate assistant? The next three times we hear of Caligula's horse, it is spelled as Incatitus, not Incitatus. Many sentences in this book are atrocities of syntax and puzzling of meaning. Save your money and skip this book. It seems to me that the doctoral candidate author is putting himself through school by cranking out these trifling, wannabe tomes.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heikki Hietala on November 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading a sample, and I thought the sample was just the introduction. Turned out it was about 20% of the whole book.

This book lists a handful of definitely mad people who have held power somewhere on the planet at some time. The examples used to illustrate the persons are terse and disconnected, and the book suffers from a definite lack of depth.

If you are in for a two-hour recap of some memorable characters in history, by all means buy this book, but as I say in the title, Wikipedia has it also and costs you nothing. I should have checked the author and with the publisher's name being "Five Minute Books", you get just that.

Two stars for his writing - I liked the style. It was just not enough.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dalton C. Rocha on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here in Brazil, I read this regular book.
This book is about tyrants who were lunatics, eccentric and megalomaniacs.
There's a good introduction about the book's subject. Then comes 10 chapters; each one about one lunatic tyrant. The first chaper is about Caligula. The chapter 4 is about the Portuguese mad queen Maria I(1734-1816) and the last chapter, chapter 10 is about North Korea's tyrant Kim Jong Il(1941-2001).
This book is easy to read and its conclusion is excellent and unbiased.
The real problem of this book is to be so short. In fact I read all of it in about three hours.
The majority of the chapters are too short. In fact the are almost ever, smaller than wikipedi's articles, about these same tyrants. The second problem is that this book has just ten mad tyrants talked. There's nothing about Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, Bokassa, etc. The chaper 6 of this regular book is dedicated, to Mao Zedong(1893-1976) and is too short. In fact, this would have to be with at least thirty chapters, but it has just ten chapters.
About the fact that almost all tyrants have a food's mania, this book has nothing. As an example, Mussolini and Hitler were both vegetarians, while Bokassa and Idi Amin were cannibals. The fact of the tyrant Kim Jong Il loved to drink French wines is remembered in this book.
Being too short and incomplete, leads me to give three stars for this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on August 13, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this for my husband. He loves to read strange non fiction. It's paper back which is great! Because it's light weight to hold for night reading. An exellent buy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lee on March 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading this makes you laugh because some of it is just so crazy, but at the same time, it makes you proud to live in a democracy where your rights are protected by the law.
Honestly, the stuff some of these guys do is pretty stupid but funny. What they did obviously wasn't very well thought out, was it?
Short of that, I don't want to reveal a lot more details because I'd be giving away the book. But I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's interested in political history or just wants a light read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TonyW on October 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As with the other book in this series that I read this is a very basic treatment of the subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
The author selects 10 insane rulers (11 if you include intro on Qaddfi) and spends about four pages on each. While a great introduction for the general public, it left me wanting more details on the rulers. I also know unfortunately history is replete with insane rulers. I am hoping that the author has another volume showing the insane rulers of countries in Africa, South America, Caribbean, etc.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By great timeliller on June 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
funny and informative. nicely written. sure beats wikipedia. I wish the book was longer. very interesting facts about Caligula I enjoyed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in