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Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators Hardcover – September 23, 2004
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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 been a writer and editor for over 25 years, the last 21 freelance. He has written, contributed to, and edited more than eighty books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Couple of things that I didn't like or just maybe wish were different in this book.
1. Even thought some are explained in great detail, why they are considered tyrants, what did they
do, why they did what they did and many other aspects, there were others who were not described in
more detail that I know exists and would probably give a reader a better view into the true
tyranny behind those regimes and rulers.
2. There was one of the men described, that I am not clear what made his a "tyrant". If we would add
people based on what is explained in this book about Antonio De Oliveira Salazar of Portugal, we
can add pretty much the entire US Obama administration to the list as well.
Overall, as I have mentioned, it is a great book, but I wish it had a bit more information on some of the tyrants and explanation, otherwise I recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and it is a nice recap of most of the historical monsters.
Also recommend: AfterTastes and Tales from Russia
What the book needs is a definition of what to the writer, defines a tyrant! Without such a definition, all we have is an odd list of names with a brief description of each of their lives. Some are strange for example Elizabeth Báthory was not a ruler, a better description of her would be mass murderer. I was wondering why some like Louis XVI got on the list whereas Louis XIV did not? Who's who on the listing is all arbitrary.
One point I did notice is how few tyrants were punished for their crimes. Most of them got away with their crimes.
Overall, Tyrants is more of a casual survey of authoritarian rulers throughout history than an honest attempt to examine power and evil.