Meet the heroes, villains, and bunglers hired to protect others.
We might think of bodyguards as a modern concept, but they've been around since ancient times. The rich, the powerful, the famous, and the infamous have all placed their safety in the hands of bodyguards. From Caesar's Praetorian Guard to Japanese samurai warriors to Wild West outlaws, bodyguards have played a vital role. They've even changed the course of history.
There are notorious bodyguards who protect gangsters from the police and those who are paid to shield celebrities from the paparazzi, while others escort children in danger of being kidnapped. In Bodyguards! you'll meet both heroes (like the quick-thinking guard whose spear saved the life of Alexander the Great) and villains (like the elite Hitler Bodyguard, later tried as war criminals), and even some bodyguards who have failed in their job to protect.
Brimming with vibrant action-packed illustrations in graphic-novel style, Bodyguards! opens the window on the fascinating stories of those entrusted to protect people's lives.close this panel
Ed Butts has written more than a dozen books for readers of all ages. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Scott Plumbe is an illustrator and fine artist who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.close this panel
This is the sort of fascinating book you read, then share the best bits with friends.
Lively, solidly written, and packed with intrigue and betrayal, these entertaining and informative brief anecdotes are organized into themed chapters, such as Bad Guys and Gunmen, When Bodyguards Fail or Betray, and On Assignment. Butts includes a wide variety of bodyguards and both genders. Every continent, with the exception of Australia, is represented... The section on training and responsibility warns readers that a career as a bodyguard is never glamorous and is often downright boring. Plumbe's colorful, comic-book-style illustrations capture moments of tension and high drama... All in all, an engaging book.
The real value of the book is that it contains information you don't need at all.
Fact-filled, engaging... Sure to light young researchers afire with the desire for further exploration.