This volume deals with human greed and power in every era and every culture, and how they determine world events. Gigantes takes the reader on a journey through time, introducing on the one hand the great rule makers for just society, such as Moses, Solon, Jesus and Muhammad, and on the other, the rule-breakers, or the "grand acquisitors". It is the later, motivated by greed, who use every means fair and foul to acquire more than their share - from the warring chieftains of early societies to the so-called robber barons of the 19th century and in our own times, the emergence of the superpower states. Gigantes focuses on the dramatic consequences of their actions, from crusades, revolutions and the conquering of continents to cataclysmic wars, terrorism and a world that is turning more and more into a global village.
Philippe Gigantes served as an officer in World War II with the Royal Navy, worked as a correspondent and as a secret agent, and was captured and tortured by Communists in North Korea. He served for fifteen years in the Senate of Canada, was Assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Director General in Canadian Public Service, Greek Minister of Culture in Washington DC, a professor of history and host and writer of a TV public affairs programme. He has published thirteen books. Philippe Gigantes served in World War II with Britain's Royal Navy, was a correspondent and a secret agent. He served in the Senate of Canada, was Assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, professor of history and a host/writer of a TV public affairs programme.