The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne from Rasputin to Rove


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Throughout recorded history, behind so many of the world's greatest rulers, there can often be found a shadowy puppetmaster pulling the strings and orchestrating events. Using examples from Machiavelli, Catherine de Medici and Alexander Hamilton to Zhou Enlai, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Dick Cheney, Kerwin Swint details the strategies and successes of these notorious "king whisperers." Spanning the globe through the ages of history to the modern era, Swint reveals to us how they employed unique styles of power politics to forge alliances, intimidate rivals and influence events of the day. From spies, silver-tongued devils, empire builders, and the truly evil, this is a brilliant tapestry of behind-the-scenes schemers of all shapes and sizes.

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Dr. Kerwin Swint on TV!

Dr. Kerwin Swint appeared on CNN on Sunday, August 19, 2012, discussing the dirtiest political campaigns. You can see the segment here.

Dr. Kerwin Swint appeared on ABC's The View on Friday, October 24, 2008 to talk about negative political campaigns and his book Mudslingers: The 25 Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time. You can see the segment here.

 

About the Author

Dr. Kerwin Swint is an author, speaker, and professor of politics at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Specializing in Campaigns and Elections and Mass Media, he or his work has appeared in a number of national and international media, including CNN, FOX News, the BBC, the ABC program The View, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Toronto Star, The Daily Mail (UK), National Journal, Mental Floss, Publisher's Weekly, Salon, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other media.

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