Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia

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Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia. By Michael Newton. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-285-4). Ebook available (978-1-61069-286-1), call for pricing.

Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia includes two volumes of 266 entries of assassinations and attempted assassinations of world political leaders from 465 BCE to 2012. Notable names include John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, Benazir Bhutto, Rasputin, and Osama bin Laden. The only nonpolitical person included is John Lennon, included because of his sociopolitical involvement toward the end of his life. Four entries are included on organizations involved in multiple assassinations such as the Ku Klux Klan. The entries, arranged alphabetically, include a description of the assassination, a profile of the victim, and an explanation of how the assassination or attempted assassination effected politics and society of the time.

Similar works include Encyclopedia of Assassinations by Carl Sifakis (Facts on File 2001), Assassinations and Executions: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence, 1900 through 2000 by Harris M. …

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