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4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Rulers gives you the low-down on the world's most loathsome leaders...
From bizarre tsars and evil emperors to crazy kings and queens, people all around the world have suffered at the hands of their rulers for centuries.
Whether they're nutty or nasty, fat or foul, those in charge rarely get it right.

Want to know:

* who gave the job of high priest to a donkey?
* who choked to death while eating a crow?
*...
Published on 20 Feb. 2007 by A Customer of AMAZON-UK!

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This children's book provides a sickening list of atrocities down the ages. None are contextualised, none are explained, the text just moves briskly on from one to the next. The book is essentially a catalogue of several hundred appalling acts of torture, murder and cannibalism with no attempt to provide any understanding of why they happened. There is a fig leaf moral...
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by P. Hayes


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Rulers gives you the low-down on the world's most loathsome leaders..., 20 Feb. 2007
From bizarre tsars and evil emperors to crazy kings and queens, people all around the world have suffered at the hands of their rulers for centuries.
Whether they're nutty or nasty, fat or foul, those in charge rarely get it right.

Want to know:

* who gave the job of high priest to a donkey?
* who choked to death while eating a crow?
* who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head?

Read on for the power-crazed president who still rules from the grave and find out about the suffering slave who was ordered to collect 500 kilos of spider webs for his boss.
Meet Genghis the Mongolian murderer and discover just how terrible Ivan really was.
History has never been so horrible!'

Standing at c 8.5" high, this is larger than the regular 'Horrible History' series of books titles.

Colourful paperback covers open to 174 matt pages, split over 17 main chapters with an introduction and an epilogue.
Written in various fonts with the usual Deary wit, e.g.:

'Henry VIII of England was a popular young prince. But once the crown was on his head he turned nasty. He didn't just have his enemies executed - he also had his old 'friends' chopped and a couple of his wives lopped...........'

or

'Rudolf was NOT a red-nosed reindeer, he was King of Austria.....'

Various fonts, with black and white illustrations & cartoons throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars effective teaching book, 19 Sept. 2008
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My son loves all these books. They have helped to create a very real interest in history for him. I think he now has the whole series of them. They present history in a manner that makes it both interesting and easy for children to access. There is not one in the series that fails to do this. The only problem with them is that they provide some stuff outside the curricilum and that can embarass the teachers faced with a child knowing more than they are expected to. I think a lot of teachers are now reading them to keep up with the kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun book series, 30 Jan. 2013
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I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rotten rulers from all over the world, 12 Jun. 2012
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The book covers a lot of rotten rulers. I like how the book doesn't just concentrate on british rulers but includes rulers from all over the world. There are also plenty of british rulers included but it is "nice" to also see such rulers as Ivan the terrible and Pol Pot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Son loves it !, 30 April 2014
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He's a Horrible History fan and has all the books - this one is one of his favourites and gets re-read regularly !
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1.0 out of 5 stars vile, 10 Jan. 2013
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This children's book provides a sickening list of atrocities down the ages. None are contextualised, none are explained, the text just moves briskly on from one to the next. The book is essentially a catalogue of several hundred appalling acts of torture, murder and cannibalism with no attempt to provide any understanding of why they happened. There is a fig leaf moral gloss that tries to justify the book by asking 'what would you do?', but the book is really the equivalent of a 'video nasty' marketed to young children. Doubtless children will laugh at the 'jokes' that accompany each atrocity vignette--mine did until I took the book off him--and I don't suppose it will do most of them any harm. But it won't do them any good either.
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