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In Great Feuds in History, Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history's most significant struggles — high-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on generations that followed.

Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, greed, jealousy, passion, and fear that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times. Queen Elizabeth I versus Mary, Queen of Scots, English parliament versus King Charles I, Aaron Burr versus Alexander Hamilton, The Hatfields versus the McCoys, Joseph Stalin versus Leon Trotsky, Roald Amundsen versus Robert Scott, The Duchess of Windsor versus the Queen Mother, Bernard Law Montgomery versus George Patton, Lyndon B. Johnson versus Robert F. Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover versus Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Everyone loves a good fight, especially on the world stage, and Evans calls these contests with skill and flair." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"Evans captures all the drama and controversy in these streamlined accounts brimming with invigorated, well-paced prose." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Praise for Great Feuds in History

"Everyone loves a good fight, especially on the world stage, and Evans calls these contests with skill and flair."

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Evans captures all the drama and controversy in these streamlined accounts brimming with invigorated, well-paced prose."

-- Publishers Weekly

In Great Feuds in History, Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history's most significant struggles-high-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on generations that followed.

Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, greed, jealousy, passion, and fear that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times.

* Queen Elizabeth I versus Mary, Queen of Scots

* English parliament versus King Charles I

* Aaron Burr versus Alexander Hamilton

* The Hatfields versus the McCoys

* Joseph Stalin versus Leon Trotsky

* Roald Amundsen versus Robert Scott

* The Duchess of Windsor versus the Queen Mother

* Bernard Law Montgomery versus George Patton

* Lyndon B. Johnson versus Robert F. Kennedy

* J. Edgar Hoover versus Martin Luther King Jr.

Synopsis:

Ever since Cain and Abel, feuds between the mighty and the famous have exercised a powerful hold on the public imagination. From the backwoods sniping of the Hatfields versus the McCoys to the backhanded tactics of J. Edgar Hoover against martin Luther King Jr., these ruthless, single-minded, and sometimes murderous personal battles have inflamed nations, destroyed lives, and altered the course of history.

In Great Feuds in History, bestselling author Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history’s most significant struggles–high-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on the generations that followed. Evans offers us an in-depth look at the personalities involved in the conflicts and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that caused these rivalries to take hold and fester. He asks, for instance, what was at the heart of the bitter, years-long feud between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots? Was it a religious battle between the Protestant monarch and Mary’s pious Catholicism, as on the surface it seemed–or something more personal between the ambitious Virgin Queen and her wild and sexually impetuous counterpart?

Evans takes us to colonial America to find out how two of the new nation’s most intelligent and influential founding fathers–Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton–wound up dueling to the death like common hooligans. And he follows the bloody trail of Stalin as he ruthlessly pursues the one man who stands between him and ultimate power over Russia’s millions–Lenin’s favorite, the brilliant, idealistic, and fatally flawed Trotsky.

Vividly re-creating the drama of these clashes, Great Feuds in History discloses the darker side of history’s grandest figures and the compulsions that drove them with such single-minded fury–sometimes to the point of destruction. Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, jealousy, fear, and pride that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times.

About the Author

COLIN EVANS is the author of Casebook of Forensic Detection (Wiley) and Killer Doctors.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Elizabeth I versus Mary.

Parliament versus Charles I.

Burr versus Hamilton.

Hatfields versus McCoys.

Stalin versus Trotsky.

Amundsen versus Scott.

Duchess of Windsor versus Queen Mother.

Montgomery versus Patton.

Johnson versus Kennedy.

Hoover versus King.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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akiezmo, November 27, 2006 (view all comments by akiezmo)
Colin,

I implore you to do your homework. I bought your book filled with shallow pretty words and was (to use a quaint word) flabagasted at the inadequecies of your research. Let's start with chapter 7. First of all the title is written by a dog with his tail between his legs. It should have been the "Dowdy Duchess of York vs. the Best Dressed Duchess of Windsor." The fact that you made the Duchess of Windsor the antagonist from the start shows that you never looked behind the curtain. The Duchess of York was a drunk and an incredible snob. A social climber from a lesser noble Scottish family. The Duchess of Windsor was not as you claim from "the unfashionable side of a wealthy Pennsylvania family." She was from Baltimore, Maryland from two very prominent familys the Montagues and the Warfields, neither unfashionable. Yes, she was born in Pensylvania. Her father was sick with TB and need a change in weather. She was born early and unexpected as a mother with means in that time would not travel with child without her doctor. The chapter is written to show that Wallis was the villain, when in fact Elizabeth the Duchess of York was the Villian of Snobbery. She wanted to be Queen, she had ambition beyond her reach. She was married to a shy boy who stuttered, her unlikely ally was her mother-in-law Queen Mary. Queen Mary as David once describe her was a "cold, cold woman." A cold woman who easily looked the other way as the Russian Imperial Family direcltly related to her, her husband, and all so closely her mother-in-law were slaughtered by a firing squad; because her un-educated inept husband thought it was bad taste and "bad for the Empire" to give them sanctuary. She later bought many Russian Jewels on the cheap after the remaining members were exciled. The author in his own, so obvious middle class upbring, uses lower case to refer to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; but uppercase to refer to the Duchess of York, the future Queen Mother, paints a pretty picture of how to be a suplicant to ignorance. I love how the author claims that the Duchess of Windsor flew back to France to "almost total seclusion an an increasing relaince on alcohol." Yes, the Duchess of Windsor was very ill and out of it in her old age; but she was never a drunk (like the Queen Mother). She never indulged in more than one cocktail. Her mind started to deteriate in old age, altheimers? She remembered her earlier life more than her later life, which is often the case with patients of alhtiemers. I appreciate the authors need to make the Queen mother an Angel of Mercy, a sumptous suplicant to the Duchess of Windsors cause; but its constant crap. I implore the author to read a little more than time magazine from 1986. The Duchess of Windsor was the woman of the year in 1937 and by by far never "the most hated" woman on earth as the author claims. The author writes as if his own pretense will give him a royal tile befitting to be part of the biggest farce ever known in America - Fox News.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780471225881
Subtitle:
Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever
Author:
Evans, Colin
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Vendetta
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General & Introductory History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliography and index.
Series Volume:
107-431
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.18x4.46x.61 in. .80 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Everyone loves a good fight, especially on the world stage, and Evans calls these contests with skill and flair."
"Review" by , "Evans captures all the drama and controversy in these streamlined accounts brimming with invigorated, well-paced prose."
"Synopsis" by , Praise for Great Feuds in History

"Everyone loves a good fight, especially on the world stage, and Evans calls these contests with skill and flair."

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Evans captures all the drama and controversy in these streamlined accounts brimming with invigorated, well-paced prose."

-- Publishers Weekly

In Great Feuds in History, Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history's most significant struggles-high-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on generations that followed.

Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, greed, jealousy, passion, and fear that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times.

* Queen Elizabeth I versus Mary, Queen of Scots

* English parliament versus King Charles I

* Aaron Burr versus Alexander Hamilton

* The Hatfields versus the McCoys

* Joseph Stalin versus Leon Trotsky

* Roald Amundsen versus Robert Scott

* The Duchess of Windsor versus the Queen Mother

* Bernard Law Montgomery versus George Patton

* Lyndon B. Johnson versus Robert F. Kennedy

* J. Edgar Hoover versus Martin Luther King Jr.

"Synopsis" by , Ever since Cain and Abel, feuds between the mighty and the famous have exercised a powerful hold on the public imagination. From the backwoods sniping of the Hatfields versus the McCoys to the backhanded tactics of J. Edgar Hoover against martin Luther King Jr., these ruthless, single-minded, and sometimes murderous personal battles have inflamed nations, destroyed lives, and altered the course of history.

In Great Feuds in History, bestselling author Colin Evans puts us in the middle of ten of history’s most significant struggles–high-stakes personal conflicts that had a lasting impact on the societies around them and on the generations that followed. Evans offers us an in-depth look at the personalities involved in the conflicts and the behind-the-scenes circumstances that caused these rivalries to take hold and fester. He asks, for instance, what was at the heart of the bitter, years-long feud between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots? Was it a religious battle between the Protestant monarch and Mary’s pious Catholicism, as on the surface it seemed–or something more personal between the ambitious Virgin Queen and her wild and sexually impetuous counterpart?

Evans takes us to colonial America to find out how two of the new nation’s most intelligent and influential founding fathers–Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton–wound up dueling to the death like common hooligans. And he follows the bloody trail of Stalin as he ruthlessly pursues the one man who stands between him and ultimate power over Russia’s millions–Lenin’s favorite, the brilliant, idealistic, and fatally flawed Trotsky.

Vividly re-creating the drama of these clashes, Great Feuds in History discloses the darker side of history’s grandest figures and the compulsions that drove them with such single-minded fury–sometimes to the point of destruction. Spanning five hundred years of political rivalry, spiritual conflict, and ancestral discord, here are ten fascinating true tales of ambition, jealousy, fear, and pride that are as gripping and meaningful today as they were in their own turbulent times.

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