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Tyrants History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators is a study in depravity. It delves into the darkest recesses of the minds of the most vile men and women ever to seize power. With provocative insights into their shameful deeds, committed under a threadbare cloak of spurious legality, Tyrants confronts history's monsters head on. From the gruesome tale of the real-l ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 25th 2005 by Barnes & Noble (first published September 23rd 2004)
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Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
It was alright but I was kind of put off when I read the chapter on Lenin in which it said Tsar Alexander, it's Tsar Nicholas. I also thought some of the chapters were a bit bare which made the people appear quite mild when they're supposed to be tyrants.
Coco De Anda
Le doy 2 ⭐ y solo por que al principio si me gusto ... reconozco que conocí de la vida algunos personajes interesantes . Peeeero lo que ya eran conocidos por mi , su historia fue sumamente básica y en algunos casos hasta faltaron datos que aunque no básicos si considerar interesantes y yo pienso que estas adquiriendo un libro llamado tiranos , buscas algo mas de información que podrías adquirir en wikipedia o en un libro de historia (escolar) .

Repito al principio estaba bien, interesante de algu
Rachael Hewison
This had the potential to be a fantastic book: a chance to go into detail about some truly horrific people. However I think Cawthorne made a mistake in making it about 100 people. Some of the people listed, whilst they did some bad things, I don't know that they should necessarily be counted as a despot. By cramming in 100 people I think Cawthorne didn't give enough attention to each person. Many just got a couple of paragraphs and I wanted to know a lot more about them. He would have been bette ...more
I.C. Góes
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quando vi esse livro fiquei alucinada com o tema, tenho verdadeira admiração por História. Se forem biografias, histórias reais, melhor ainda! Então não pensei duas vezes, comprei na Amazon e lá fui eu me deliciar com o que eu esperava ser uma análise sobre tirania ao longo da humanidade.
Já na Apresentação começou a decepção. De tirania não há quase nada no livro, o autor definiu como tiranos os ditadores e assassinos, sem analisar o que é tirania.
“...“tiranos”, ou seja, aquele que tomou para si
Luiza Lang
Acho que o conceito geral do livro é muito bom, mas que o autor tentou juntar muita gente em um saco só, sem se aprofundar muito sobre cada um. É triste ver a história de alguns personagens muito interessantes resumida a somente um parágrafo. Nem todas as personalidades citadas poderiam ser consideradas grandes tiranos, talvez meramente prepotentes ou monarcas que fizeram coisas ruins. Ao fim, acho que o lado positivo dessa leitura foi ficar conhecendo algumas figuras notórias e pesquisar a hist ...more
Walter VDE
I bought the book just by the seeing the cover. Thinking it was about dictators in modern history. Reading the book, the author starts off way BCE, a time little documented and a lot of speculation. The author does a poor attempt at research, probably got most of his information by watching Hollywood versions of history.
Of The less known dictators, the author gives little information.
On several occasions he gives inaccurate information.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
A book with an interesting concept, but poor execution. I appreciate the author's ability to flush out ancient history's tyrants (the write up on Alexander the Great and Ghangis Khan are truly horrific) however, this is overshadowed by grammar mistakes, grainy photographs blown out of proportion, information that does not add value to the chapter, and factual inaccuracies.
Steve Parcell
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Fascinating read about the evil of man.

Some of these Roman emperors were simply crazy and would do anything to get to the top. But even in modern times the evil that leaders like Pol Pot did was truly horrifying.

Well worth a read but not for the squeamish.
Yusif Mammadli
Azerbaijani version of the book
Jan 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely concise with no info at all. Would not recommend.
Jake Danishevsky
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-politics, own
Overall, it is a pretty interesting book. It has a lot of information and facts. Historical data and explanation on the tyrants who wanted to rule the world or in some cases just their own part of it. One thing that sticks out the most is the common actions, trends, that all of those men, and some women, posses. Destroying opposition, high taxation, complete control of power without any rules or regulations. If there are any laws, constitution, that previously compiled the laws of the land, most ...more
Adriane Devries
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, teaching
For aspiring villains and heroes alike, Nigel Cawthorne’s Tyrants History’s 100 Most Evil Despots & Dictators provides hours, even years, of inspiration and terror. An exposition of the darkest ambitions lurking in the psyches of men, and a few notable women as well, it explores the worst mankind has to offer, and what atrocities must be overcome if we wish to prove ourselves an evolved species. The greatest murder mystery of all, our history reveals the common threads of a madness that seem ...more
Ken Puddicombe
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A brief introduction to the world's most despotic and infamous dictators who made their name mainly by slaughtering and imprisoning many of their countrymen. A book that's enough to add to your despair over where the world's heading.
Arman Moini Jazani
این کتاب را توی ویترین یک کتاب فروشی در خیابان کاج جنوبی دیدم و همونجا خریدم. جلد روی کتاب و عنوان کتاب خیلی جالب بود برام اما خود کتاب بر خلاف اون چیزی که انتظار داشتم قوی نبود. به نظرم ترجمه کتاب ضعیف بود و جالب اینکه تو کتاب دهها اشکال تایپی هم بود.
Brian Morin
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, although the descriptions of the historical events are short. It works as a great starting point for researching the intriguing events described even further.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well that was quite the history lesson, wasn't it?
Kyle Lewis
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
VERY interesting, doesn't sound like a good thing but, it got me into Tyrants lol
Aug 10, 2011 added it
Definitely interesting, although I wish there were more info. And there was an uncommon amount of grammar errors, who was the editor?
Matthew Barlow
Well, this was pretty much on par with other list books. A nice glimpse at some serious nut-balls. Can't really say that it was anything special.
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Nigel Cawthorne is an Anglo-American writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor. He has written more than 80 books on a wide range of subjects and has contributed to The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph Daily Mail and The New York Times. He has appeared on television and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Many of Nigel Cawthorne's books are compilations of popular history, without footnotes, referen