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Famous Assassinations of History

Francis Johnson

Book Overview: 

It has been the object of the writer to make each of these “famous assassinations” the central scene of a picture in which the political, religious, or national features of the epoch in which the assassination occurred are portrayed with historical fidelity and strict impartiality…. Only those assassinations have been included which either had an important and political bearing on the world, or on the nation immediately affected, or which left a profound, and, it would seem, indelible impression on the imagination of contemporaries and posterity.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Cantons entered their solemn protests; they sent delegations to Albrecht to remonstrate with him; but he gave evasive answers, increased the soldiery protecting the governors, shut his ears to all complaints about their arrogance and growing usurpation, and secretly encouraged them “to do all in their power to break the stubborn resistance of these uncouth mountaineers and boors, and make them obedient subjects of the Austrian crown.” To the strong men of the Cantons, who had never bowed their necks under the yoke of a foreign despot, the tyranny of these Austrian governors became intolerable; their leading men made up their minds to throw it off by all{69} means, and to maintain their independence at any cost. Even the members of the nobility scattered through the Cantons were indignant at the arbitrary and haughty ways of the imperial bailiffs, who treated them with the same arrogance as they treated the common people; they therefore made common cause with t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Covers assassinations in history from Philip of Macedon to Alexander I of Serbia, mostly focusing on the motives and intrigues. The author left out the assassination of president Garfield because Guiteau being a total crank.

Mr. Johnson is not a detached and unbiased historian. His opinions, biases, and prejudices ooze through. Still its a fun trip, just be prepared for some language and opinions that are not politically correct.