Rebel Leaders focuses on the world-shaping, powerful arena of politics and warfare, looking at those revolutionaries throughout the centuries who have changed the course of history. Since ancient times, rebel leaders have fought against oppressive colonial masters, autocratic tyrants, crushing military regimes or rule by supreme monarchs and emperors. Other rebels have fought for causes less noble. Some of them have succeeded in overthrowing their enemy and establishing themselves and instituting their political vision—sometimes only briefly, sometimes for their lifetime, as in the case of Fidel Castro. Some, like George Washington, have been handed ultimate power yet refused the temptation of absolute rule. Rebel Leaders examines seventeen intriguing figures who have fought the state and won.