A Wicked History

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Title: A Wicked History biography series

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Summary: Sometimes it’s good to be bad. This short biography series highlights the lives and deeds of some of the cruelest, most driven, terror-inspiring leaders of world history. Fast-paced and fact-filled, these books are perfect for those days when you are in the mood for a quick non-fiction read.

Learn about familiar baddies like Stalin, Robespierre and Attila the Hun, less famous tyrants like Cixi, Empress of China and Tomas de Torquemada, leader of the Spanish Inquisition, and even maybe-not-so-wicked-after-all rulers like Catherine the Great of Russia and Genghis Khan. These books are a great introduction to different periods in history without being overlong…or boring.

Who will like these books: Readers interested in learning about history and famous people. Anyone looking for a short biography for school or for fun. Wicked people looking to find inspiration for their future evil deeds…(kidding!)

If you like these, try these: For a more inspiring bunch of short biographies, take a look at Character is Destiny by John McCain. Off With Their Heads: All the Cool Bits in British History by Martin Oliver. A Cartoon History of the World by Larry Gonick.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian