Please could someone help me find a book which primarily focuses upon the shocking, odd or even bizarre private lives & unusual familial upbringing of the greatest historical figures from the past few centuries - a book which tells me e.g.,that Mao Zedong chain smoked and rarely bathed, that Stalin's father was brutally abusive to his family as a child etc. etc.
I am most interested in the personal lives of the historical greats, so as to form a psycological understanding of why such figures came to be what they became: sometimes notorious or, in the case of a most respected leader such as Churchill, great.
Please could someone point me in the direction of such a book, as I am not yet aware of such a title and my initial searches have not turned up same yet. As everyone knows, most historical books on such figures are about wider historical fact. I'd like a 'microscope' on their personal lives and upbringing, including oddities, interesting and/or shocking facts and where appropriate (or known) personal trivia.
Thank you very much.
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