NEW EDITION - FEATURING UPDATED INTRODUCTION AND NEW CHAPTERS The giant characters of history - from Mozart to da Vinci, Shakespeare to Einstein, Henry VIII to Hitler, Catherine the Great to Margaret Thatcher, Jesus Christ to Genghis Khan - lived lives of astonishing drama and adventure, debauchery and slaughter, but they also formed our world and will shape our future. Through the lives of not just kings, empresses, sultans and conquerors, but also explorers, artists, prophets, courtesans and psychopaths, Simon Sebag Montefiore recounts the lives of the titans who changed the world: the characters we should all know, and the stories we should never forget.
[Montefiore] does this kind of thing with wicked verve * OBSERVER * These sparkling biographical essays include all the usual suspects ... It's a tour of the good, the bad and the ugly * MAIL ON SUNDAY * A first-class chronologically aranged catalogue that enagages as it teaches * DAILY EXPRESS *
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty-five languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards; YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Award, LA Times Biography Prize and Le Grand Prix de Biographie; JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY was a number one bestseller. Montefiore is also the author of the acclaimed novels SASHENKA, ONE NIGHT IN WINTER and RED SKY AT NOON. He read history at Cambridge University where he received his PhD, and now lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. firstname.lastname@example.org/pages/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore