A riveting portrait of ten kings in history by Milton Meltzer, America's premier nonfiction writer.
This book tells the story of ten kings. Kings made the rules by which their people lived. Kings carried on wars to protect their realms or expand their power, and kings, like the rest of us, were complex human beings. Starting with Hammurabi, who ruled Mesopotamia, to Peter the Great, the legendary Russian czar, Milton Meltzer shows the reader how political leaders use and abuse power. Although each of these men lived hundreds or thousands of years ago, these tales provide a striking portrait of how human behavior remains virtually unchanged over time and how one person can alter the course of history.
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Gr. 5-8. In this handsome companion piece to Ten Queens (1998, Dutton), Meltzer turns his attention to some of history's most famous rulers--Hammurabi, Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Louis IX--as well several lesser-known but equally powerful kings, like the Incan Atahualpa. All grasped their worlds and changed them by their presence; as Meltzer explains, this book is about power. The introduction briefly explains how kingship evolved, looks at its often religious functions, and asks readers to think about how each king used and, in many cases, abused power. As he did in his previous book, Meltzer sets each of his subjects against a specific background of time and place, and he expands the information in sidebars worked smoothly into the flow of the text. He also employs an inviting tone that draws readers in--though even the best of these portraits can become dry. Andersen's full-page portraits and other pictures (the gardens of Versailles, a mosque) are robustly rendered and greatly add to the book's appeal. Kids may pick this up first for report information, but they'll surely be tempted to read on. Ilene Cooper
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Grade 4-8-In this male counterpart to Ten Queens (Dutton, 1998), Meltzer introduces readers to a diverse group of rulers from Hammurabi of Mesopotamia to Peter the Great of Russia. Each chapter includes the individual's name, dates of rule, and a map of the area over which he reigned. Personal stories and statistics are included along with ample information about the civilization and time period. A sampling of rulers from all over the world and throughout history are discussed, even the biblical King David whose reign is not easily verifiable. Lesser-known monarchs such as Mansa Musa of Mali and Atahualpa of the Inca Empire are also illuminated. This attractive, oversized volume contains a wealth of information, including several useful sidebars, and would be especially useful to beginning researchers. Andersen's stylized portraits reflect the regal nature and personality of each individual.
Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Descrizione libro Orchard, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0439312930
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