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The killing of holders of high office for a predetermined political or ideological purpose is a practice as old as power politics itself. "Assassinated!" tells the darkly sensational story of twenty centuries of political murder, from the Roman era to the present. It includes accounts of many of the most infamous assassinations in history, from the slaying of Julius Caesar in 44 BC to the shooting of President Kennedy in 1963.Drawing on the latest research, Dr Steven Parissien presents a richly entertaining sequence of case-studies of this, the ultimate method of regime change. Each elegantly written essay includes not only a gripping account of the assassination, its political context and consequences, but also a biographical profile of both the slayer and the slain. "Assassinated!" runs the full gamut of murderous methods and motivations - from multiple stabbing to suicide bombing to aerial attack, from dynastic overthrow to religious fanaticism to the 'propaganda of the deed'. Sometimes shocking, but always involving and informative, it offers a dramatic and distinctive perspective on more than two millennia of world history. It features, Julius Caesar, Caligula, Archbishop Thomas Becket,Duke Conrad of Motferrat, Lord Darnley, William the Silent, Henry III of France & Duke of Guise, Henry IV of France, 1st Duke of Buckingham, Gustav III of Sweden Governor, Jean-Paul Marat, Tsar Paul of Russia, Spencer Perceval, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander II of Russia, James Garfield, Lord Cavendish, Elizabeth of Austria, William McKinley, Jose Canalejas, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Grigori Rasputin, Paul Doumer, Inukai Tsuyoshi, Engelbert Dollfuss, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Huey Long, Leon Trotsky, Reinhard Heydrich, Lord Moyne, Mohondas Gandhi, Count Bernadotte, Faisal II of Iraq, Medgar Evers, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Hendrik Verwoerd, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Georgi Markov, George Moscone and Harvey Milk, Oscar Romero, President Anwar el-Sadat, Benigno Aquino, Indira Gandhi, Olof Palme, Yitzhak Rabin, Shah Massoud, Theo van Gogh, Alexander Litvinenko, and Benazir Bhutto.
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Dr Steven Parissien is one of Britain most admired popular historians and the author of a number of distinguished works of architectural and social history. His many authorial credits include George IV: The Grand Entertainment, Station to Station, The Georgian House, Regency Style and Palladian Style.
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