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Whatever it Takes

The Price of Power, The Cost of Creativity
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What do Julius Caesar, Aung San Suu Kyi, Thomas More and , Pope Innocent III all share?. 

What eanbled a deaf Beethoven, a blind Milton, a syphilitic Schubert and a certifiable Virginia Woolf to create memorable masterpieces?

Peter Deakin takes a new ;ook at heroic leaders  - leaders who used their power to inflict  suffering and death. And a new look at geniuses, who endured misery as the price of their creativity. ahis bold analysis shows how they summoned Whatever It Takes - letting nothing stand in the way as they left indelible marks on the world.

In war, government, art, literature and music, he finds high achievers calling on strengths that perhaps we all possess to some degree

Everyone knows names like Lincoln and Van Gogh. But the Altamira cave painters are forever anonymous, and who remembers cruel Queen Ranavalona? Yet the evidence assembled here, even about the best known names , will shock and entertain every reader.

Peter Deakin grew up in Sydney in a family of nine children. He has spent most of his working life as a lawyer, but for even longer has been writing: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Weekends are getting longer on his farm on the Fish River, where he breeds cattle and produces olive oil.

He quotes Frank Dalby Davidson: " A man needs a thin skin to be a writer, and mostly needs a thick skin to put up with the consequences."  Deakin believes he has reached the stage where he is ready for the consequences of what he has written

PART ONE   Ruthless Power
Niccolo Machiavelli         
Julius Caesar         
Emperor Justinian         
Emperor Charlemagne        
Pope Innocent III         
King Henry V         
Sir Thomas More          
Peter the Great         
Oliver Cromwell         
Napoleon Bonaparte        
Admiral Horatio Nelson         
The Salem Witch Trials        
Abraham Lincoln         
Ranavalona- The Queen of Madagascar     
Aung San Suu Kyi

PART TWO  Suffering Genius
The Altimira Cave Paintings       
John Milton          
Ludwig von Beethoven        
George Gordon Lord Byron        
Franz Peter Schubert         
Robert Alexander Schumann       
Charles Pierre Baudelaire        
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky        
Paul Gaugin          
Vincent Van Gogh         
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec        
Virginia Woolf         
Ernest Hemingway         
Charles Bukowski          

Further Reading         

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