Age of Assassins by Michael Newton

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Newton's true subjects are the losers and misfits who stumble across assassination as if by chance...
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These were the crimes that were meant to change the world, and sometimes did. The book connects the killing of the Kennedys or the murder that sparked the First World War with less well-known stories, such as the Berlin shooting of an instigator of the Armenian genocide or the attack on an American 'robber baron'. Taking in Malcolm X and Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and Emma Goldman, Tsars, Presidents, and pop stars, Age of Assassins traces the process that turned thought into action and murder into an icon.

In tackling the history of political violence, the book is unique in its range and attention to detail, summoning up an age of assassination that is far from over.

 

About Michael Newton

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Michael Newton grew up in Brighton. His first book was a history of feral children, Savage Girls and Wild Boys. He has taught at University College, London, Central St Martin's College of Art, Princeton University and Leiden University. He has also written for the Times Literary Supplement.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 640 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Ian Thomson on Nov 17 2012

The book has immense narrative verve and psychological fascination. I was gripped from start to finish.

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Above average
Reviewed by David Runciman on Oct 16 2012

Newton's true subjects are the losers and misfits who stumble across assassination as if by chance...

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