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Before They Changed the World : Pivotal Moments That Shaped the Lives of Great Leaders - Edwin Kiester

Before They Changed the World

Pivotal Moments That Shaped the Lives of Great Leaders

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Before They Changed the World includes more than 90 archival images gathered from around the world. What drives a fifteenth-century French teenager to wage war against the English army? Why does a novice U.S. president take on the institution of slavery? And how does a Swiss Patent Office worker discover that e=mc2? Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and other extraordinary leaders and revolutionaries are generally revered for what they did while at the top of their game. In Before They Changed the World, historian and prolific author Edwin Kiester Jr. explores the lives of 22 of history’s most authoritative figures and reveals key, and often unknown, events that affected their core beliefs, changed their lives, shaped their paths to greatness, and changed the world. Includes timelines highlighting key points in the lives of each figure.  


“This is a really fascinating book. It covers history from Hannibal's invasion of Italy to the fall of the Soviet Union. There are generals, saints, politicians, and scientists, all of them immensely interesting.”

–William Weir, author of History’s Greatest Lies


Introductionp. 6
Hannibal of Carthage, 247-190 BCE: The Avenging Son Who Pitted Himself Against Romep. 8
Joan of Arc, 1412-1431: The Voices that Led to a Revolutionp. 22
Queen Elizabeth I, 1533-1603: Henry VIII's Embattled Daughter's Rite of Passage into Adulthoodp. 36
Samuel de Champlain, 1567-1635: A Horrifying and Unforgettable Encounter with New World Indiansp. 48
George Washington, 1732-1799: Learning to Lead the Hard Wayp. 60
Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805: Becoming a Hero by Breaking the Rulesp. 72
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821: His Proving Ground at the Siege of Toulonp. 86
Simon Bolivar, 1783-1830: A Youth's Oath to Free a Countryp. 98
Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807-1882: The Political Awakening of a Patriotp. 110
Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865: The Legacy of a Slave Market Encounterp. 120
Ulysses S. Grant, 1822-1885: How Persistence in the Face of Grinding Poverty Shaped a Leaderp. 130
Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919: "The Four-Eyed Dude from New York"p. 142
Edith Cowan, 1861-1932: A Child of Tragedy Becomes a Champion for All Childrenp. 154
Mohandas Gandhi, 1869-1948: The Transformation of a Shy Barrister into a Human Rights Leaderp. 164
Winston Churchill, 1874-1965: Learning Early about the Horror of Warp. 174
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955: A Compass Points the Way for a Young Geniusp. 190
Kemal Ataturk, 1881-1938: A Young Turk Grows Upp. 200
Ho Chi Minh, 1890-1969: A Kitchen Hand Leads a Revolutionp. 214
Charles De Gaulle, 1890-1970: A POW's Five Escape Attemptsp. 226
Rosa Parks, 1913-2005: The Bus Ride that Changed Historyp. 238
John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963: "Everybody into the Water!"p. 248
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931- : A Brush with Stalinism Creates a Bold Reformerp. 262
Resourcesp. 272
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
About the Authorp. 280
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781592333653
ISBN-10: 1592333656
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st July 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 11.4  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.87