These were the crimes that were meant to change the world, and sometimes did. The book connects the killing of the Kennedys or the murder that sparked the First World War with less well-kwn stories, such as the Berlin shooting of an instigator of the Armenian gecide or the attack on an American 'robber baron'. Taking in Malcolm X and Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and Emma Goldman, Tsars, Presidents, and pop stars, Age of Assassins traces the process that turned thought into action and murder into an icon. In tackling the history of political violence, the book is unique in its range and attention to detail, summoning up an age of assassination that is far from over.
Michael Newton grew up in Brighton. His first book was a history of feral children, Savage Girls and Wild Boys. He has taught at University College, London, Central St Martin's College of Art, Princeton University and Leiden University. He has also written for the Times Literary Supplement.