Ivan the Terrible (aka Ivan IV) is about a Tsar to be one of the worst leaders in Russian history. Throughout childhood, he was king at age 5 when his father died. His mother took over for him until he got older, but she died when Ivan was in his teens. Ivan led his country well, was very Christian, always prayed when going into battle. But as he got older, his mind got weaker. After his wife died, he also lost his two closest friends shortly after his wife died. That was his snapping point. From there on, he killed innocent people, people who bothered him. Anybody really. He even killed his own son. He was like this for a solid 40 years, nothing changed. He died on March 28, 1584, he had a stoke while playing chess. He rests with his son and wife in Russia.
Evaluation: The reason I chose this book was because after watching a video, I got interested and wanted to know more about Ivan. The way the author told his life story was well put, and it was a really good book to read. If Ivan had a stronger mind, he would probably have been a great leader.