Excerpt from the book: "Cyrus was the founder of the ancient Persian Empire, perhaps the wealthiest the world has ever seen. This empire is an extraordinary example of that strange part of human nature which causes men to keep a royal family in total power over themselves for centuries, submit to endless humiliations on their behalf, and commit the most atrocious crimes at their command."
Cyrus is part of Makers of History, a 19th century biography series by two brothers--Jacob and John S.C. Abbott. Reprinted by Canon Press, these biographies have been edited and brought up-to-date for readers twelve and up. Not only are these editions given vintage style paperback covers, but they also include introductions that explain where these men and women fit into the timeline of history.