Robert Payne analyses the corruption of some of the world's loftiest cultures, from the ancient civilisations of China, Greece, Rome, and Persia to the more recent past of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and Watergate-plagued America. Vividly immediate, the historical parade passes before us: despotic rulers - emperors, kings, tyrants, politicians - and their moral critics - philosophers, theologians, historians, scholars. Remarkably, almost incredibly, Payne is a recognised authority on nearly every historical epoch and is the biographer of many rulers, corrupt or otherwise. The result of his analysis is a theory of corruption that is at the same time a history of the world, a way of understanding the horrors of the past and the terrible events of our own age as well as an approach to an uncorrupted society of the future.
Book in good condition, although there is some wear to the dust jacket.