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The Book of Assassins

(2001)
A Biographical Dictionary from Ancient Times to the Present
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The compelling, tragic and often bizarre life stories of history's famous and infamous assassins, now collected in one comprehensive, easy-to-use volume.

The names are well-known, but how much do you know about the inner lives of John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan in a misguided attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster, or Mark David Chapman, who, after shooting John Lennon, sat down on the sidewalk to continue reading The Catcher in the Rye? And what about the world's not-so-famous assassins? Find out what happened when Carlito Dimahilig attacked Imelda Marcos with a bolo knife (and how one of her many famous pairs of shoes came into play!), or why Max Hodel could be considered one of the least successful assassins in history.

With breadth of study and a keen eye for detail, George Fetherling has compiled a fascinating and very readable compendium -- the first of its kind -- of more than 200 biographies of assassins from all periods and countries, for the scholar and general reader alike. Fetherling also provides an overview of the history of assassination, outlines the five psychological types of assassins and gives a run-down of the most useful literature in the field.

Ideal for students, historians, history buffs, psychologists and readers interested in biography and true crime, this book is a must have window into the lives of those who have drastically shaped the history of our world.

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Hardback Editions

October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Assassins: A Biographical Dictionary from Ancient Times to the Present
Author(s): George Fetherling
ISBN: 0-471-15891-7 / 978-0-471-15891-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wiley
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June 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book of Assassins: A Biographical Dictionary From Ancient Times To The Present
Author(s): George Fetherling
ISBN: 0-7858-2181-3 / 978-0-7858-2181-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chartwell Books
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October 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Biographical Dictionary of the World's Assassins
Author(s): George Fetherling
ISBN: 0-7090-7168-X / 978-0-7090-7168-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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April 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Biographical Dictionary Of The World's Assassins
Author(s): George Fetherling
ISBN: 0-679-31051-7 / 978-0-679-31051-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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Paperback Editions

April 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Assassins
Author(s): George Fetherling
ISBN: 0-679-31151-3 / 978-0-679-31151-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Book of Assassins
Author(s): George Fetherling
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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