The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
1. Intro 2. Dust to Dust 3.Making of a Monster 4. Taking and Holding Power 5.Tyranny by Example 6.Hubris and Downfall 7. The Enlightened Despot? PS Woke - The Modern Tyranny
Tyrants have populated every century, from the ancient pharaohs through the monsters of the twentieth century Vladimir Putin today. They leave in their wake a trail of blood and their institutions and legacy often involve systematic torture and abuse of power, and the occasional invasion of neighbours. Some are outsiders, many are psychopathic, and all have delusions of grandeur and megalomania. Uniforms and military parades, vast economic schemes and a misreading of the political runes often accompany their rise and fall. What starts as a radical or revolutionary movement which can all too frequently end in a bunker and oblivion. The shadow of Ozymandias is dark and powerful. This is the tale of the despot.
so it goes,
Tom Assheton and James Jackson
Blood Rock by James Jackson
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