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Evil masters : the frightening world of tyrants

Author: Laura Scandiffio
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers the profiles of ten vicious tyrants throughout history, including Adolph Hitler, Nero, and Ivan the Terrible, and the effects their rule had on their own people and civilization as a whole, complete with illustrations, index, and bibliography. Seven dramatic accounts of ancient and modern tyrants. History is full of evil rulers who rose to power despite the widespread suffering they caused. Though they ruled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Children's nonfiction
Literature
Biographies
History
Juvenile works
Biography Juvenile literature
Juvenile literature
Biography
Biographies Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Scandiffio
ISBN: 1550378953 9781550378955 1550378945 9781550378948
OCLC Number: 57281535
Description: 230 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Qin Shi Huangdi --
Nero --
Ivan the terrible --
Robespirre --
Hitler --
Stalin --
Saddam Hussein --
Modern dictators --
Ending tyranny --
Glossary --
Further reading --
Main sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Laura Scandiffio.

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The story of the rise of seven tyrants over the past 3000 years -- despite different countries and times their behavior is frighteningly similar. Includes profiles from ancient China through to  Read more...

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Informative and compelling... an excellent and thought-provoking resource.--Denise Moore"School Library Journal" (01/01/2006) Scandiffio...delivers an informative and interesting text.--Val K. Read more...

 
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