The in this book tell of the men and women whose deeds have helped to shape the history of India. Some of these men and women were high-minded and true. They put their own interests aside and worked for the welfare of those around them. Others thought of no one but themselves and their own selfish wishes. We shall read in these stories of selfish kings who made useless wars so that their names might be handed down in history as great conquerors; of ambitious kings, who had the interests of their kingdoms at heart, and made wars to preserve their country at peace and to bring other countries under the same firm and just rule; and of careless, indifferent kings, who allowed their countries to fall into disorder. We shall read further of great men whose whole thoughts and energies were spent in urging people to think noble thoughts and to lead unselfish lives. While reading of these leaders of past times, we will choose only those who were good and true to be our heroes, despising all those who were mean, or selfish, or cruel. Originally published in 1914.