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Published:March 22nd, 2010 20:15 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Xavier Waterkeyn, Author of  ASSASSINATIONS: Political Murder Through the Ages

Judyth Piazza chats with Xavier Waterkeyn, Author of ASSASSINATIONS: Political Murder Through the Ages

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Going right back to the beginning of history, assassination has been a deftly-wielded tool of power. Although often political by nature, assassination can often be a reaction to fame, money or faith.  

Assassins, however, fail as often as they succeed. Included here are the attempts and lucky escapes as well as the notorious and more obscure successful assassinations. This book is a fascinating insight into the murky world of politics and power that lies behind assassinations through history. All major assassinations are covered.

The obvious are there "Julius Caesar, JFK, Malcolm X and so on. But of more interest are some of the more obscure and forgotten murders. It contains the story of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and how a series of mishaps and bad judgements led to his execution while in a motorcade. More significantly was how this seemingly obscure event led to World War I, a war of unparalleled misery, death, senselessness and destruction. Then there is ancient Egypt and a system that saw a number of leaders murdered, while other countries like China and Greece were also not immune.

Assassination tells the story of how and why the events occurred and the consequences that emanated from them. It is a must read for people wanting to learn about political history and events that left a lasting impact on our world.