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THE WORLD'S MOST EVIL PEOPLE (True Crime) Kindle Edition

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Length: 576 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Ray Black is an investigative journalist based in Brighton. He has spent the past 25 years specialising in police cases, crimes and criminals and has written many highly regarded newspaper and magazine articles about his investigations.

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  • File Size: 1842 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press; 009 edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ576M
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 9, 2011
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This was a good book and it does well at describing the atrocities that these people committed, but it missing a few people like Khomeini, Francisco Solano Lopez, King John, Cromwell, Pizzaro, and Nero. Other than that it has the most evil people in history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 16, 2011
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This book definitely worth the purchase price. It covers quite a bit. My only complaint is that it drags on in parts and starts to read like a history text book in others. There are quite a few typos as well, which can be distracting, but otherwise, it's a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheKat on July 12, 2012
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The title of the book is somewhat of a misnomer. Whereas, any such list of the most (fill in blank)is always going to be very subjective, this book includes people who are not actually considered to be evil, even by the author.
Persons who are not actually evil include those who were intensely disliked by a population for a time, or people who simply engaged in bad behaviour. While I think is the book's major flaw, the author does make a succinctly compelling case for why each of these particular people were on his list, making for a quite an interesting read.
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The book is an interesting read and while all books that cover historical events and the subject of "evil" is going to be subjected to the author's point of view, this one seems to go even beyond the norm in that regard.

For example, in the final chapter the author is very critical of Captain Stanley Lord, the captain of the ship that could have saved most if not all of the passengers of the Titanic. My problem with such of an assertion is that it is not only quite possible but probable that Captain Lord was unaware of the specific events or their implications. And while the author can certainly contend that the Captain "should have known" and argue that he was derelict in his duties to not investigate - that is quite a bit different than knowingly allowing 1500+ people to drown, and certainly less evil than the likes of Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, and others that Captain Lord is associated with by the author. I understand that the author wished to make a point regarding "evil by doing nothing" but, does not evil require at the least a conscious act to be made with full knowledge of the implications?

Secondly, there are a few incorrect facts in places, but such things happen. More disturbing are the ways some of the facts are presented. It is expected in any book of this type to be colored by the authors bias, but some of it is rather jarring. For example, in the chapter devoted to John Wilkes Booth - he called the execution of John Brown a "political assassination". Doubtless, few people would defend slavery - but, John Brown's method of overthrowing it was leading a revolt against the State and killing innocent civilians who hindered them.
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By Judy on February 6, 2013
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Scary to know that there were enough people in the world to have a book written. The atrocities again humanity is so evident, From the serial killers to the mass murders, you see inside a black heart and ruthless demeanor. I rated this a 5 not that I like the subject matter, but was able to glimpse inside their lives to see maybe how they became this way. From Caligula, to hitler to people in the 21st century. We get a glimpse of horror. Great job
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The book was interesting at most. Some of the people included should not be in the list. Can you really categorize Lenin as an evil man?

While some of the stories capture interest, most seem just a mish mash of facts assembled in no particular order.

You're better off spending a few hours in a library.
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Interesting and informative. As a person with and interest in serial killers and other strange behavior caused by mental illness and the influnce of people over a child's emotional development. Serials killers are created not born.
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By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2013
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While the stories are interesting and chock full of facts, it is poorly written. There's tons of people who are mentioned, and if you don't already know the story, you'd be lost because he doesn't explain who the people are.
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