141st out of 152 books — 51 voters
Emperor Francis Joseph: Life, Death and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire
In 1848 Francis Joseph became King of Hungary and Emperor of Austria. Focusing on the life of Francis Joseph and his family, this book examines their personal relationships against the turbulent background of the decline of had been the most powerful empire in Europe in the 19th century.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 25th 2005 by Sutton Publishing
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An excellent biography dumbed down to pretty simple language, easy to understand and digest. The author seems to favor the subject of the book, Franz Joseph, a little too much for my tastes. Defending the man's decisions and actions and almost parenting situations that should have been left to the reader to decide.
John Van der Kiste, British author, was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, on September 15, 1954, son of Wing Commander Guy Van der Kiste (1912–99). He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, where he briefly formed a rock band Cobweb with fellow pupil Miles Tredinnick, later vocalist with new wave band London and subsequently playwright and scriptwriter, and read Librarianship at Ealing Tech...moreMore about John Van der Kiste...