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Robespierre

Robespierre

1st Edition

John Hardman
August 17, 2000

Robespierre was one of the most powerful and the most feared leaders of the French Revolution. John Hardman describes the career of this ruthless political manipulator, and in the process explores the dynamics of the French revolutionary movement and the ferocious and self-destructive rivalries of ...

The Great Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg-Prussia

The Great Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg-Prussia

1st Edition

Derek Mckay
June 28, 2001

In this first biography in English for fifty years, Derek McKay avoids the limitation of seeing Frederick William primarily as precursor of the 'Enlightened' Frederick the Great. Instead, he roots him firmly in his own time, a dynastic, protestant ruler like many another in Germany, but gifted with...

Eisenhower

Eisenhower

1st Edition

P G. Boyle
November 22, 2004

Eisenhower is the president who established America as a superpower. He had already launched his reputation as the leading US military figure in the Second World War and then as supreme commander of the land forces of the newly created NATO.  This book looks at how Eisenhower ...

Franklin D Roosevelt

Franklin D Roosevelt

1st Edition

Patrick Renshaw
January 22, 2004

An important addition to the Profiles in Power series, this critical biography looks at Franklin D. Roosevelt, the most dominant US politician of the 1930s and 1940s. Roosevelt led the United States through the two great crises of depression and the Second World War, making him one of the key ...

Lincoln

Lincoln

1st Edition

Richard Carwardine
May 06, 2003

Interest in the American Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln has grown dramatically in the last decade. Leader of the anti-slavery Republican coalition and the wartime Union, he has become a model of a particular kind of democratic politician who led rather than followed. Richard  J...

Talleyrand

Talleyrand

1st Edition

Philip G. Dwyer
May 03, 2002

From church establishment figure to revolutionary, supporter of Napoleon Bonaparte to promoter of the Bourbon Restoration, the twists and turns of Charles Maurice Prince de Talleyrand’s remarkable career through one of the most turbulent periods of French and European history continue to fascinate....

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

1st Edition

John A. Thompson
May 02, 2002

Most famous in Europe for his efforts to establish the League of Nations under US leadership at the end of the First World War, Woodrow Wilson stands as one of America’s most influential and visionary presidents. A Democrat who pursued progressive domestic policies during his first term in office, ...

James II

James II

1st Edition

W. A. Speck
March 26, 2002

Forced out of power in the"Glorious Revolution" of 1688, and defeated in the subsequent battle of the Boyne by William of Orange, the short reign of James II has an importance that reaches far beyond his three years in power. An ardent Roman Catholic, his efforts to return England to the Catholic ...

Kennedy

Kennedy

1st Edition

Hugh Brogan
August 17, 2000

This invaluable account provides an excellent introduction to the Presidency of John F. Kennedy. To understand Kennedy's aims and achievements in the White House, it looks at Kennedy the man and outlines his background and early career and the influences upon him. Hugh Brogan shows Kennedy as a ...

Napoleon III

Napoleon III

1st Edition

James F. Mcmillan
June 10, 1991

In this assessment James McMillan moves away from ideologically-based representations of the man to focus on his use of power. He recognises the Emporer as a highly skilled operator who in the face of innumerable obstacles, attempted to conduct an original policy....

Nehru

Nehru

1st Edition

Judith M. Brown
August 17, 2000

Judith Brown explores Nehru as a figure of power and provides an assessment of his leadership at the head of a newly independent India with no tradition of democratic politics....

Attlee

Attlee

1st Edition

Robert Pearce
March 06, 1997

Attlee is undoubtedly one of the key figures in modern British history. An important figure in Churchill's War Cabinet, and premier of the first majority Labour Government, he created the Welfare State, nationalised a substantial part of industry and secured the independence of India. Yet his ...

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