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    Whatever it Takes

    The Price of Power, The Cost of Creativity

    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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