Soon they suspect an assassin has been dispatched to silence them. Khan and Rasputin rarely agree on anything making their task even more difficult. This is a dark story that sparks with realism.
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Become a Reviewer Share your opinions to help authors and readers. As Charles himself put it, it was "the beginning of the end" for Napoleon. After Napoleon was exiled, France went through some pretty rough times. Talleyrand-Perigord engineered for Napoleon to escape exile and, with the help of England and Austria, he even made it possible for Napoleon to return to power, knowing that he would just lead France into war once more.
He also knew that given France's decrepit state that this would lead to a resounding defeat from which Napoleon's swelling reputation would not recover. After days in power, Napoleon was famously defeated in the battle of Waterloo and exiled once again, this time for good. In his own words, "Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not. Besides being the world's greatest conqueror, Genghis Khan is the common ancestor of about one percent of the entire human population, thanks to the sheer amount of boning he did.
Genghis organized the Mongol clans into the kind of brutal force that later inspired J. Tolkien's orcish horde. Yet for all his seemingly mindless razing and pillaging, Khan was a man with a plan: show no mercy, run a strict rule of law and annihilate your enemies. It wasn't a terribly nuanced plan, but goddamn did it work. Among Genghis's circle of advisers was Yelu Chucai, a clever outsider who found himself in the unique position of an intellectual among rapists tell us about it!
Nicknamed "Long Beard" by Genghis for his For instance, Genghis saw nothing in China but a place that lacked pasturing for his horses and had said that "It would be better to exterminate the Chinese and let the grass grow. Given that Genghis had just three motivations--pasture for ponies, women for raping and gold for pillaging--and given that two of those would be most easily attained by utterly destroying every Chinese city he came upon, Yelu's job wasn't easy.
But he convinced Genghis that a whole lot more gold could be had from China by merely taxing them. Quite possibly the simplest game ever invented. Time and again, Yelu used this strategy to convince Genghis to show mercy a concept previously unknown to the Mongols to many Chinese cities--the capital city of Kaifeng among them--to the spitting rage of his bloodthirsty generals.
Yelu's system of taxation and governance proved too profitable to ignore. So much so that even Genghis's successor, Ogedei, kept him on staff to run the bureaucracy of Northern China. This from a man who once openly mocked Yelu's insistence to tax cities rather than raze them, saying, "Are you going to weep for the people again? He's been proven right for about eight consecutive centuries now.
Tsar Nicholas II was the last emperor of Russia before it descended into a capitalist-hating, sexy-accented, spy-making communist giant. As emperor, Nicholas oversaw Russia's entry into two failed wars, including its disastrous incursion in World War I, and was so piss-poor at his job that he was given a pink slip in the form of a bullet to the head. This led to Stalin's reign of terror, the building of the Berlin Wall and the formation of the band t. Make of that what you will. Which is not to say there wasn't enough blame to go around to Disney villain and present-day Russian boogeyman, Grigori Rasputin.
An up-and-comer mystic healer of the Russian plebes, Rasputin was called upon in to heal Alexei, the hemophiliac son of Tsar Nicholas. Although a spoiled brat who was fond of face-punching people who bowed before him, Alexei was Nicholas's only heir and thus deemed worth salvaging, even if it meant inviting this man to their home:. After some moderate success nursing Alexei back to health, Rasputin took the opportunity to ingratiate himself with the royal family, becoming spiritual adviser to the Tsar's wife. Given his humble origins and the foreign roots of Alexandra, this bond quickly aroused the distrust of the Russian elite, who circulated rumors that the two were having a romantic affair.
A caricature of Rasputin and the Tsaritsa, upholding Russia's rich tradition of boob-holding portraits. Rumors notwithstanding, Rasputin held the ear of the royal family for nigh a decade, and in one of his most ill-fated pieces of advice, he told the Tsar that victory in World War I would only be achieved once Nicholas personally led the army forward.
Nicholas had no actual military experience, but was a great fan of prophecies which said that important things hinged on his mustachioed presence, so he went forth into the battlefield to better directly manage the utter failure of the Russian war machine. The hardest thing about being me? In his absence, Rasputin made even bolder moves, convincing Tsaritsa Alexandra to fill cabinet posts with men of his choosing and serving as a de facto leader through her. With the war going poorly against Germany, and a German Tsaritsa ruling them from under the thumb of an unpopular mystic, an attempt on Grigori Rasputin's life was clearly forthcoming.
On December 16, , a group of nobles led by Prince Felix Yusupov and the Tsar's cousin, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, stepped up to the plate, poisoning, and shooting, and strangling, and beating, and drowning Rasputin.
In a prophetic letter written shortly before his death, Grigori wrote some absurdly creepy words:. If I am murdered by boyars, nobles, [check] Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no nobles in the country.
If it was your [Tsar Nicholas'] relations who have wrought my death, then They will be killed by the Russian people.
This goes beyond a mere last laugh, and well into the territory of a last cackle from beyond the grave. King Tut is possibly the most well-known of all the pharaohs and the discovery of his tomb in sparked a newfound love affair with ancient Egypt. Today, the face of Tut's burial mask is one of the most recognizable images in the world, and a boy who only ruled as pharaoh from the age of nine until about 19 is synonymous with Egyptian leadership. King Tut was buried with his favorite slave's dick grafted onto his chin to ward off evil spirits.
Or for laughs. It was Ay, his grand vizier--the highest official under the king--who ruled Egypt while the famed child King Tut sat on the throne doodling. A prepubescent leader left some pretty significant shoes to fill as far as governance went and the duties of the pharaoh during Tut's reign were nearly all carried out by the experienced Ay.
Born a commoner, Ay was a non-royal governing official who had served Tut's father before him. All decisions small and large were made by him, including that of restoring the old gods to the pantheon, back from the abolishment perpetrated by Tut's unpopular predecessor. Lip service was paid to Tut, but by all accounts he was too busy discovering his own boner to have much of an opinion on the taxation of the Upper Kingdom.
Is this him? All gold, Egyptian statue monsters look alike to us, is that racist?
To this day, Egyptologists disagree as to how King Tut died. Some speculate that Ay may have played a part in his death, and fact is that practically as soon as Tut was old enough to actually take the reigns of his own government, he was dead. Moving quickly, Ay married Tut's half-sister, widow and former step-mother, Ankhesenamen yeah, they were all the same person to legitimize his claim on the throne.
Despite only learning to read at the age of 10, Woodrow Wilson oversaw America's entrance and victory in World War I, granted women the right to vote, shaped the League of Nations and won a Nobel Peace Prize. He also declared the first national Mother's Day, cementing his status as the president most beholden to the interests of Big Hallmark.
Why don't you just marry your mom, Woodrow Wilson? In , Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed on his left side and, in general, running at less than full capacity.
So his wife, Edith, whose most significant decisions to date had been to let sheep graze on the White House lawn and declare Mondays to be "meatless" was forced to step up to the plate. Edith, seen here wearing a veil and a scowl like any self-respecting secret leader. Told that Wilson was no longer capable of exercising many of his presidential duties, Edith was given two strict directives by his doctors: if Woodrow was to leave office, it would probably kill him, however, if he was burdened by government affairs, that would also probably kill him doctors in the early 20th century were taught to provide all their patients' options in the form of zero sum riddles in order to mask the absurd pseudo-science on which they based their opinions.
Kitty's first case as field leader of the X-Men sees her and her team taking on a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. They are the two X-Men left to look after the students while the rest of the X-Men leave for Mystique 's home in Mississippi to check up on Rogue , during which they are ambushed by the Marauders. The guy who owns Napoleon's penis assures us it looks like "a maltreated shoelace, or shriveled eel. Sign up for the Biography newsletter to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Don't have an account? Read about the U.
Placed in the novel position of keeper of the presidency before women were even allowed to vote, Edith kept his weakened state hidden from his staffers and the nation for six weeks, presumably with elaborate Wilson puppets behind White House blinds and authoritative voice recordings cleverly hidden in foreboding doorways, Home Alone -style. Although in her memoirs, Edith claims that she only decided which matters to bring to Woodrow's attention and which could be resolved without him, which to us still sounds like a shitload of power.
Khan in Rasputin's Shadow; is a unique book that defies contemporary fiction. It's setting is the Colorado Desert and the Administrative Maximum United States. Khan in Rasputin's Shadow - Kindle edition by Chad Huskins. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like.
She fought against having the vice president take office in Woodrow's stead. Many have thus referred to her as the first female president of the United States, Franklin Pierce notwithstanding. Now, make it out to Edith.