Age of Assassins: The Loners, Idealists and Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World

Author(s): Michael Newton

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These were the crimes that were meant to change the world, and sometimes did. The book connects the killing of the Kennedys or the murder that sparked the First World War with less well-known stories, such as the Berlin shooting of an instigator of the Armenian genocide or the attack on an American 'robber baron'. Taking in Malcolm X and Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and Emma Goldman, Tsars, Presidents, and pop stars, "Age of Assassins" traces the process that turned thought into action and murder into an icon. In tackling the history of political violence, the book is unique in its range and attention to detail, summoning up an age of assassination that is far from over.


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On the anniversary of the assassination of JFK comes the paperback of this epic modern history of assassination in the West.

Michael Newton is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys. He has written a book on Kind Hearts and Coronets for the BFI Film Classics series and has also edited Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent (Penguin Classics), Edmund Gosse's Father and Son (Oxford World Classics) and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories. He has taught at UCL, Central Saint Martins College of Art, and Princeton University; he now works at the University of Leiden.

General Fields

  • : 9780571220458
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : November 2006
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Newton
  • : Paperback
  • : 640