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History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il [Kindle Edition]

Michael Rank
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Buy "History's Most Insane Rulers" and you will receive a free 2-book boxed set that contains "The History of Alexander the Great" and Mythology Stories: Tales from Norse, Old German, Hindu, and Egyptian Mythology." See the link for these ebooks inside.

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Few mixtures are as toxic as absolute power and insanity. When nothing stands between a leader's delusion whims and seeing them carried them out, all sorts of bizarre outcomes are possible.

Whether it is Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I practicing archery on palace servants and sending out his advisers to find the fattest woman in the empire for his wife or Turkmenistan President Turkmenbashi renaming the days of the week after himself and constructing an 80-foot golden statue that revolves to face the sun, crazed leaders have plagued society for millenia.

This book will look at the lives of the ten most mentally unbalanced figures in history. Some suffered from genetic disorders that led to schizophrenia, such as French King Charles VI, who thought he was made of glass. Others believed themselves to be God’s representatives on earth and wrote religious writings that they guaranteed to the reader would get them into heaven, even if they were barely literate.

Whatever their background, these rulers show that dynastic politics made sure that a rightful heir always got on the throne – despite that heir's mental condition – and that power can destroy a mind worse than any mental illness.

About the Author

Michael Rank is a historian of the Middle East and a former journalist. He is the author of the Kindle #1 best-seller "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash-Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History" and "History's Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books (11 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BN69OXY
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of space 17 Aug 2013
By Will
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I love books and feel that they should be treated with the greatest of respect. I put this in the bin.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sparse factually 25 Jun 2013
By Mrs K B
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Thought that this would be full of well researched little known information but it wasn't. Felt cheated to have paid for it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Basic 24 Jun 2013
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This was a very basic book. I thought it might have one or two interesting details and would have a little depth to it but most of this book can be found on wikipedia
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1.0 out of 5 stars A simple way to make money 10 April 2013
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I have an idea... trawl the internet for a few hours, knock up a poorly written book to "tabloid" level of readership and see if any fool buys it. This fool did. I am in the wrong profession.

I think I will spend this afternoon doing the same and call myself an author.
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