Great Rivals in History

Great Rivals in History : When Politics Gets Personal

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When two supremely powerful political rivals lock horns in a clash of personality and ideology, they can change the course of human history. Great Rivals in History brings to life the drama of history's most vicious political and military feuds, ranging through centuries and across the globe. Rivalries have sparked some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the world, and twenty-five of these are recreated here, among them the lethal feud between ruthless power-seeker Julius Caesar and populist politician Gnaeus Pompey; the dynastic and religious clash of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots; the differing visions of nationhood that polarized Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong; and the bitter antagonism of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, estranged friends wrenched apart by ambition and party loyalties. Impeccably researched and utterly compelling, this book profiles a remarkable cast of implacable foes, and reveals how their tug-of-war over ultimate power and glory shaped the wider history of the more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 188 x 236 x 32mm | 1,079.54g
  • PIER 9
  • Millers Point, Australia
  • 1741960428
  • 9781741960426
  • 902,368

About Joseph Cummins

Joseph Cummins is the author of History's Great Untold Stories, History's Greatest Hits and Turn Around and Run Like Hell (Murdoch Books), as well as Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections (Quirk). He has also edited two anthologies for Lyon's Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea (2002) and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told (2001), and written a novel called The Snow Train (Akashic Books, 2001). He lives in Maplewood, New more