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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book enabled me to thoroughly understand as to how Vlad became the "Impaler" that he was historically known to be. Read morePublished 11 months ago by john iverson
It gives you information about a part of history you never really learn about outside of mythical folklore.Published 18 months ago by Jo Anna Bement Smith
A good short (125 pages) book on the life of Vlad the Impaler. This is good for Grades 8 and up...its short and to the point with lots of illustrations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by George A. Franke
I love history and had been looking for good books for my high school son. I thought this would be a good book, but it was a very boring read. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Michele Casillas
My only complaint about this book is that it does not have deep details about Vlad's way of impalement and other forms of torture. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by Kindle Customer
Vlad the Imapaler... a man of history shrouded somewhat in mystery... This book makes learning about history's famous leaders interesting. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011