Titans of History

Titans of History

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By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 50mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780870264
  • ISBN 13: 9781780870267
  • Illustrations note: 16pp colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 101,292

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Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of our pre-eminent historians, presents the lives of the giants who have made our world. The cast varies from conquerors, poets, kings, empresses and whores to psychopaths, composers and explorers. Informative, entertaining, inspiring and sometimes horrifying, this is a history of the world that contains the stories and characters that everyone should know and no one should forget.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. Catherine the Great & Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). He lives with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children in London.

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'a first-class chronologically arranged catalogue that engages and teaches' The Post. 'These sparkling biographical essays include all the usual suspects ... It's a tour of the good, the bad and the ugly' Mail on Sunday. 'A first-class chronologically arranged catalogue that engages and teaches' Daily Express. 'He does this kind of thing with wicked verve' Observer.

Table of contents

Introduction. Rameses the Great. David and Solomon. Nebuchadnezzar II. Cyrus the Great. The Buddha. Confucius. Sun Tzu. Leonidas. Herodotus. Alcibiades. Plato. Aristotle. Alexander the Great. Qin Shi Huangdi. Hannibal. Judah the Maccabee and his Brothers. Cicero. Caesar. Herod the Great. Cleopatra. Augustus and Livia. Jesus. Caligula. Nero. Marcus Aurelius. Commodus. Constantine the Great. Attila the Hun. Muhammad. Muawiya and Abd Al-Malik. Zhao Wu. Charlemagne. Haroun Al-Rashid. Marozia and the Papal Pornocracy. Basil the Bulgar Slayer. Hassan Al-Sabbah and the Assassins. Godfrey of Bouillon and the Crusader Kings of Jerusalem. Eleanor of Aquitaine. Saladin. Richard the Lionheart and John Softsword. Genghis Khan. Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Isabella and Roger Mortimer. Edward III and the Black Prince. Tamerlane. Richard II. Henry V. Gilles de Rais. Joan of Arc. Torquemada. Vlad the Impaler. Richard III. Savonarola. Isabella and Ferdinand. Columbus. Selim the Grim. Pizarro. Barbarossa and Silver Arm. The Borgias: Pope Alexander VI and his children Cesare and Lucrezia. Magellan. Babur. Cortes. Henry VIII. Suleiman the Magnificent. Ivan the Terrible. Elizabeth I. Akbar the Great. Tokugawa Ieyasu. Galileo. Shakespeare. Abbas the Great. Wallenstein. Cromwell. Aurangzeb. Pepys. Louis XIV. Newton. Marlborough. Peter the Great. Nader Shah. Voltaire. Samuel Johnson. Frederick the Great. Casanova. Captain Cook. Catherine the Great. Potemkin. Washington. Jefferson. Toussaint Louverture. Talleyrand. Mozart. Robespierre. Nelson. Wellington. Napoleon I. Beethoven. Jane Austen. Shaka. Byron. Balzac. Pushkin. Alexandre Dumas Pere et Fils. Disraeli. Garibaldi. Napoleon III. Lincoln. Jack the Ripper. Darwin. Dickens. Bismarck. Florence Nightingale. Pasteur. Francisco Lopez and Eliza Lynch. Tolstoy. Cixi. Leopold II. Tchaikovsky. Clemenceau. Sarah Bernhardt. Maupassant. Oscar Wilde. Wilhelm II. Lloyd George. Toulouse-Lautrec. Rasputin. Gandhi. Trujillo. Lenin. Ungern von Sternberg. Proust. Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. Churchill. Ibn Saud. Villa and Zapata. Stalin. Einstein. Enver, Talat and Jemal: The Three Pashas. Ataturk. Picasso. Roosevelt. Mussolini. Tojo. Ben-Gurion. Hitler. Nehru. Bulgakov. Franco. Mao Zedong. Isaac Babel. Yezhov. Zhukov. Capone. Beria. Hemingway. Himmler and Heydrich. Khomeini. Orwell. Deng Xiaoping. Duvalier. Schindler. Hoxha of Albania. Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Odette Sansom. JFK. Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak. The Ceausescus of Romania. Mandela. The Shah of Iran. John Paul II. Sakharov. Nguema. Pol Pot. Idi Amin. Thatcher. Anne Frank. Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Elvis. Saddam Hussein. Kadaffi. Muhammad Ali. Aung San Suu Kyi. Escobar. Osama bin Laden. List of Illustrations.