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Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula (Wicked: True Stories of Villains Who Changed the Course of W) Library Binding – September 1, 2007

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About the Author

Norman Itzkowitz is professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is, with Max Mote, translator of "Mubadele: An Ottoman-Russian Exchange of Ambassadors," --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Wicked: True Stories of Villains Who Changed the Course of W
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531125998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531125991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
A great compact, but comprehensive, biography of Vlad the Impaler. They do a great job of creating an overview that's historically accurate (yes, there are impalements and cruel punishments as diversion,) without being so wildly horrific as to be inappropriate for a young audience.
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We are supposed to start our school day with 20 minutes of silent reading, and this is not an easy sell for 8th graders. I bought a couple of these books and the students actually fight over who gets to read them! I read the book myself and was deeply interested in spite of myself. I was impressed by the thoughtful and multifaceted presentation of the subject matter.
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An easy read with many pictures and accepted facts (a few of which are questionable). Gives the basic life story of Vlad Dracula with several German sources quoted (several of which were admittedly documented many years after the fact). If studying Dracula this book alone should not be used as a single source to "uncover" the truth, but over all a quick and good read.
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Format: Paperback
This book lives up to the series title: Wicked History.

Vlad the Impaler's campaigns to eradicate his political opponents are well-documented.

Parents note: some descriptions of the horrors Vlad inflicted are given in this book. A forest of 20,000 impaled corpses surrounding his city is mentioned more than once, and some old-fashioned illustrations of impalement and dismemberment are included in the book. Also, some child hostages of Sultan Murad had their eyes burned out with hot pokers -- this gets mentioned, also.

It's hard to conceive of the terror Vlad inspired -- we are distant in time from his atrocities. But his executions were not THAT unusual for the time -- the atrocities of the Turks were manifold, and they were Vlad's primary foe.

Interesting book -- well done.
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Format: Paperback
This book (and the series) is horrifying. It switches between events taken out of context to events entirely made up just to showcase that character's supposed atrocities.

I am aware this series is for younger readers but there is a huge difference between simplifying something and downright providing falsehoods. I suggest anyone interested in the actual history of those attested in this book series to read actual history books and not these little "comic bookish" examples of the macabre.
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This is a must have for any fans of Vlad Tepes. It is a good detailed history of the Impaler and gives accounts of his life and his battle with the turks.
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By audrey on January 25, 2013
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love stories of acient warriors and just history in general plan to purchase the rest of the books for sheer enjoyment of reading
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It was interesting, but very short and written at about a fifth-grade reading level. It was worth the very low price.
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