From the Inside Flap
We all know the names Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth. But who remembers Max Hödel, considered the least successful assassin in history? What wealthy aristocrat killed Rasputin and lived on until 1967? How many different people attempted to assassinate Hitleror Queen Victoria? Which modern world leader holds the record for surviving assassins plotsand who were the plotters? How did Renaissance noblewoman Caterina Sforza attempt to infect a pope with the plague?
With answers to these questions and more, The Book of Assassins is packed with interesting trivia and little-known facts, as well as an alphabetical index of victims. In an engaging essay, author George Fetherling explains the five types of assassinspower seekers (Cesare Borgia), mercenaries (Bulgarian hitman Vlada the Chauffeur), ideologues (Gavrilo Princip), celebrity stalkers (Mark David Chapman), and revenge-seekers (Valerie Solanas, who shot Andy Warhol)that have appeared throughout history.
Insightful, well-researched, and highly readable, The Book of Assassins is not only a compendium of crimes but also an absorbing chronicle of the obscure and notorious characters who have irrevocably altered the course of human events, often in ways they never intended.