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Great bastards of history; the true and riveting accounts of the most famous illegitimate children who went on to achieve greatness.

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Great bastards of history; the true and riveting accounts of the most famous illegitimate children who went on to achieve greatness.

Fiorillo, Jure.

Fair Winds Press

2010

272 pages

$19.99

Paperback

CT105

Fiorillo starts with an interesting notion: that there is at least sometimes a connection between illegitimate birth and great achievement. To make her case, she presents short biographies of 15 individuals, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Evita Peron, and Billie Holliday to Alexandre Dumas. The large font used in the book means that the individual biographies are rather short, which offers the author little space in which to convince readers of any real connection between illegitimacy and achievement. On the plus side, Fiorillo's book is beautifully and generously illustrated. Fair Winds is an imprint of Quayside Publishing.

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