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The following collection includes kings and queens as well as emperors, empresses, sheikhs, emirs and sultans. They are all varieties of the same breed: a state ruler who comes to power by either conquest or inheritance. Definitions can be blurred and problematic. There is a democratically elected king, queens who rule empires and many other confusions.
In this book, famous cases of ordinary-people-turned-avengers are explored. First we have the cowboys of the Wild West, dishing out justice in towns where the law was barely established. In many of these towns a power struggle raged between a Sheriff and the locals, each side unsure of exactly how to deal with the no-good scavengers descending on the Gold Rush towns of the old mid-West.
The principal countries that would go on to comprise both the Triple Entente (France, Russia and the United Kingdom), and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy) in World War I, signed this document, and so were bound by international law to abide by it.
Caribbean pirates and European smugglers of the18th-century have managed to make a good name for themselves in the history books. To dress up as a pirate is every child’s – and a lot of adults’ – dream, and stories of rum-running across the high seas, and tunnels stored with kegs of liquor that were distributed amongst the local villagers has put a rose-tinted, idealistic spin on what was.
We humans are obsessed with secrecy. Exclusive organizations, in which the inner workings are concealed from non-members, or the members list is kept under lock and key, are nothing new. Since civilized society began humans have been intrigued by confidentiality, and have either belonged to a secretive group or organization or, from the other side, tried to rip open these clandestine clubs.
This book reveals all of the above and more with entries of the famous, or in some cases, infamous.
You will find yourself dipping into this useful reference book on a regular basis for family, friends and work colleagues birthdays.
In Fatal Car Accidents of the Rich and Famous, infamous automobile accidents involving the rich and famous are explored. From princess and screen siren Grace Kelly to MTV star Ryan Dunn; their horrific last moments behind the wheel are retold, the wreckage is carefully picked over, and we examine the public reaction that cemented their legacy.
Prison Gangs: Organized Crime Behind Bars exposes the frightening world of the prison gang, the lives of men without morality who live in a world in which the rules by which we normally exist no longer apply.
On Friday 10 May 1940, Britain awoke to the awful news that Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France had been invaded by Hitler’s forces in a lightning advance through the Low Countries. Overnight it had become clear that the country had lost confidence in the prime minister, Neville Chamberlain’s ability to steer Britain through the war, and he had resigned.
The First World War was one of the defining events of the 20th century. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars but instead it had disastrous repercussions, some of which are still reverberating today. A direct line can be drawn from the end of the First World War to the rise of Nazi Germany and to the beginning of the Second World War.
Pope Francis, who succeeded Benedict XVI after his surprise resignation in March 2013 is the 266th person to occupy the office said to have first been held by St. Peter, a humble fisherman who became a disciple of Christ and, eventually, the man Jesus described as the ‘rock’ upon which he would build his Church.
The battles of World War I were fought on an unprecedented scale. Both sides made use of industrial technology to inflict horrendous numbers of casualties on the other and armies composed of millions of men confronted each other in cataclysmic encounters, the like of which had never been seen before.
Despite it being over 200 years since the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, there are more slaves today than at any other point in human history. The majority of these are slaves for the sex industry. It is a booming trade that shows no signs of slowing down; secretive by nature, it is often referred to as a ‘silent epidemic’.
Hotels. We stay in them for a variety of reasons – for business, for pleasure or, perhaps, as we are passing through a town or city on our way to somewhere else. They provide a brief respite in such a journey or a place to retreat from the cares of a busy day. For some unlucky souls, however, they are the end of the line, the last place where they will ever lay their heads.
When we think of Gurkhas we think, not only, of brave soldiers fighting for Britain but also of a race of people. However, there is no such thing as a Gurkha in the ethnic sense – the word is, in fact, a corruption of Goorkha, a small town and one-time state in north-west Nepal.
More than 170,000 British prisoners of war were taken by German and Italian forces during World War II, enough men to populate modern-day St Lucia. Most were captured in a string of defeats in France, North Africa and the Balkans between 1940 and 1942. They were held in a network of POW camps stretching from Nazi-occupied Poland to Italy.
As Winston Churchill learned the full horror of the Nazi atrocities, he reportedly said, ‘This is a crime that has no name’. The sheer scale of the mass murder made a new expression necessary: this went beyond anything seen before or since. The term ‘genocide’ was coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust.
This book looks at the stories of 17 incidents – from the Pontiac’s Rebellion School Massacre in 1764 to the Toulouse shootings carried out by Mohammed Mehra in 2012, analysing the motives and examining the methods of some of the most heinous of all murderers – the College Killers.
As the famous line in the song Me and Bobby McGhee says, ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’, and many of the men featured in Breakout: Infamous Prison Escapes, had nothing left to lose. When the prison doors clanged shut behind them, they had indeed lost everything and were left with nothing, apart from some stark choices.
‘It’s not winning silver; it’s losing gold’, says a famous Nike ad, hammering home the painful truth that posterity has little compassion for those who finish second. They are, more often than not, expunged from history, years – perhaps even decades – of grinding toil and desperate hope cast into the dustbin of history.
The phenomenon of outlaw biker gangs has its origins in the United States in the years immediately following the end of World War II, when many young men purchased motorcycles – usually Harley-Davidsons – and took to the open road. They formed clubs and developed their own code of practice based on the celebration of freedom, nonconformity and, in particular, loyalty to the group and its members.
Curse of the Kennedys investigates famous bloodlines from the Bhuttos to the Brandos, and examines the tragedies that have befallen them as their family has evolved over the years. The Bhuttos, another powerful political dynasty, have suffered terrible moments that would not be out of place in a Hollywood movie.
This book looks at writers, artists, musicians, sportspersons and stars of stage and screen who decided that suicide was their only option. It explores the events that caused these individuals to feel that their lives were no longer worth living.
Resting Places of the Rich & Famous explores the bizarre history of tombstone tourism, from greats like Beethoven or Fred Astaire, to royalty like Diana Princess of Wales; a woman whose untimely death inspired mass grief on a scale never before seen.
We all have a fear of being accused of something we didn’t do and being punished accordingly. When this happens the injustice can be infuriating, but usually the situation can be resolved quickly and peacefully. Sometimes, however, this occurs on such an unfathomably huge scale that it results in our freedom being taken away from us.
The use of spies during war has a very long history, going back to the beginnings of warfare itself. In The Art of War, which is believed to have been written in the sixth century BCE, the Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu wrote about the advantages to be gained from knowing your enemy and stressed the importance of cultivating those people who were in a position to spy on them.