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9 best books featuring notorious figures

Telling a good story is the task of every author, but it falls to the non-fiction writer to tell a good story which is also a true story. In "Great Books for Every Book Lover" Thomas Craughwell offers a list of the best myth-busting histories centered on notorious figures.

1. ‘Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire,’ by Anthony A. Barrett

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The life of Agrippina the Younger has been subject to much sensational speculation, but Barrett takes a deeper look at the wife of Claudius and mother of Emperor Nero.  Did one of Rome’s most powerful women use sex and manipulation to get her way? Absolutely, Barrett shows, but not without reason. 

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