Ten Kings

Ten Kings

And the Worlds They Ruled

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the ten most powerful kings in history shows how political leaders use and abuse power; shows how one person can alter the course of history; and includes studies of Hammurabi, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Peter the Great, Mansa Musa, and Louis XIV.

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A riveting portrait of ten kings in history by Milton Meltzer, America's premier nonfiction writer.

This book tells the story of ten kings. Kings made the rules by which their people lived. Kings carried on wars to protect their realms or expand their power, and kings, like the rest of us, were complex human beings. Starting with Hammurabi, who ruled Mesopotamia, to Peter the Great, the legendary Russian czar, Milton Meltzer shows the reader how political leaders use and abuse power. Although each of these men lived hundreds or thousands of years ago, these tales provide a striking portrait of how human behavior remains virtually unchanged over time and how one person can alter the course of history.

This book tells the story of ten kings. Kings made the rules by which their people lived. Kings carried on wars to protect their realms or expand their power, and kings, like the rest of us, were complex human beings. Starting with Hammurabi, who ruled Mesopotamia, to Peter the Great, the legendary Russian czar, Milton Meltzer shows the reader how political leaders use and abuse power. Although each of these men lived hundreds or thousands of years ago, these tales provide a striking portrait of how human behavior remains virtually unchanged over time and how one person can alter the course of history.

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& Taylor

Profiles ten kings that changed the course of history, including Peter the Great, and Hammurabi, ruler of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia.

Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439312936
0439312930
Branch Call Number: j 923.1 M496t
Characteristics: x, 132 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Andersen, Bethanne 1954-

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Mar 12, 2019

I didn’t like the pictures either, kind of kids’ drawing and scary look.
But I enjoyed the book and the stories were unique, not found in other boring and typical - old fashoned or too much exaggerating - biographies I’ve read before.
I also like the style of writer’s language. I even made some notes of the expressions from the book. JY

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Apr 27, 2012

I borrowed this book from the library hoping to educate my children. But, unfortunatelly, this book is very poorely written, the author omitted many interesting facts about the mentioned kings, the book is really boring to read even for an adult ( mind you, I like history books), let alone a young child.
But the illustrator is even worse than the author, the pictures not only extremely crude, but the kings don't look like themselves in the least. Ok, it is hard to guess how Attila looked like, but there are plenty images of Louis XIV, Charlemagne and Peter The Great. Peter the Great even has a wax figure, not only numerous portraits and sculptures.
In our age of internet it is just ridiculous.
We did not finish the book, it is not worth reading.

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