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Power and Greed: A Short History of the World

Philippe Gigantes

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General & world history

What has driven human beings throughout history?

This lively and fascinating book by a professor of history deals with human greed and power and how these determine world events. Gigantes takes the reader on a hair-raising journey through time, introducing on the one hand the great rule makers for just society, men such as Moses, Solon, Jesus and Muhammad, and on the other, the rule-breakers, termed 'Grand Acquisitors'. The latter, motivated by greed, use every means fair and foul to acquire more than their share - from the warring chieftains of early societies to the so-called robber barons of the nineteenth century and in our own times, the emergence of the superpower states.

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