Skyhorse, January 2013. Hardcover. Item #249185
The Desktop Digest of Dictators and Despots is a compendium and quick reference guide to history's most notorious absolutist rulers and authoritarian regimes. In a handsome hardcover format, this handy encyclopedia of totalitarians is as informative as it is titillating, a lurid panorama of history's most malignant autarchs with original full-color portraits and accompanying psychobiographical profiles. From pharaohs to ayatollahs, from Caesar to Hitler, here are fifty-three profiles of history's most warped personalities and their shocking crimes.
The horrifying pageant of tyranny has trailed in its wake a vicious train of exploitation, intolerance and oppression--war, conquest, subjugation, slavery, imprisonment, torture and execution--which continues unabated to the present day. Dictators never disappoint when it comes to proving that absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is the perfect handbook for educators, armchair historians, and pop-culture pundits.