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Looking for book about the unusual, odd or shocking private lives of great & notorious historical figures

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Initial post: 10 Jan 2013 00:27:59 GMT
Mr. T. White says:

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.



In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 21:01:14 GMT
Well if its shocking you want then i would heartily recommend 'Churchill's Secret War' by Madhusree Mukerjee....and also his role in the sinking of the Lusitania in World War One etc. A jaw-dropping good book for this is 'The Secrets of the Federal Reserve' by Eustace Mullins. Another masterpiece is 'The Destruction of Dresden' by David Irving. 'Trading with the Enemy' by Charles Higham and 'Wall Street & the Rise of Hitler' by Antony Sutton should both be compulsary reading in every High School in the country concerning WW2 . Be warned though....shocking is an understatement....

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 02:23:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 02:28:13 GMT
Dear Mr. White,

I am a professor of Communication at a small, southern university in the U.S. Perhaps my recently published Kindle e-book would be of interest to you. Two American Voices of Nazi Propaganda

Although these men were not the "historical greats" you alluded to in your post, they certainly were odd, shocking, and interesting. It is a short read that you may enjoy. Best of luck in your search!

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 11:26:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 11:27:39 GMT
huckleberry, says:
Shocking? read Erik Larson's 'In the Garden of Beasts'.

Posted on 4 Aug 2013 08:48:01 BDT
I'm not sure whether this is the sort of thing you are looking for, but Patricia Cornwell wrote a book on the Victorian artist Walter Sickert which basically accuses him of being Jack the Ripper (good job you can't libel the dead). It's an interesting read although she didn't convince me of his guilt by a long way (in fact I ended up feeling quite sorry for him). It's called 'Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed'. Also, there is a book about J M Barrie, by Piers Dudgeon I think, which makes him out to be a very sinister figure - again, it's a hatchet job on someone who can't answer back, but still fascinating.

Posted on 14 Aug 2013 10:40:09 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 08:52:44 BDT
TomC says:
Jayne Olorunda

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Posted on 28 Aug 2013 19:51:27 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013 20:08:47 BDT
Anita says:
Jo - if I may remind you: it's just a forum.

Who, again, has attacked you? There are other ways to approach people, you know, than to accuse them of demeaning attacks when they are just pointing out your forum - mistake

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013 22:23:03 BDT
You could always make up your own, including whatever enters your head, and preface the book with the opening phrase - In an alternative universe that looked and acted just like ours ............... ................(enter name of person you wish to write all sorts of scandalous stuff about here) grew up in a.................................

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2013 17:04:42 BDT
monica says:
The first thing that occurred to me was Albert Goldman's wonderful debunking of Elvis Presley, but I've got a feeling that's not the sort of historical figure you mean. Erik Erikson wrote a psychological study/biography of Gandhi that I found thought-provoking (he wrote a similar book about Luther, which I've not read) but because I read very little political history I can't think of any others that might suit you.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2013 12:35:55 BDT
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Posted on 23 Oct 2013 04:42:09 BDT
E. C. Mack says:
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 18:46:09 GMT
C. helene says:
Anything by Claire Tomalin, in particular 'Nelly Tiernan' ( biografical of many ignored activities of Dickens). the assasins cloak, Anthology of the worlds greatest diarists, ed irene and alan Taylor- an insight into hundreds of diarists, an excellent bibliography.Diaries, the laundrette of the soul. ( I thinl thats a quotation). Valerie Hemingway on her time with E.Hemingway, his wife,his son . also Brendan Behan.

Posted on 6 Nov 2013 13:26:29 GMT
AReader says:
Allan Massie's book on Catharine the Great is absolutely riveting.
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