A collection of articles published during 2011 in the online biographical magazine, Egopendium. Twenty men of today assessed, not always sympathetically, by great figures from the past who had similar talents or achievements.
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Julian Assange by Thomas Paine:
David Beckham by Adonis;
Silvio Berlusconi by Garibaldi; Harold Camping by Nostradamus;
Simon Cowell by PT Barnum;
James Dyson by George Stephenson;
Chris Evans by Alvar Liddell;
Colin Firth by Emil Jennings;
Bill Gates by Charles Babbage;
Bob Geldof by William Wilberforce;
Damien Hirst by Caravaggio;
Boris Johnson by Dick Whittington;
Nelson Mandela by Toussaint Louverture; Peter Mandelson by Niccolo Machiavelli;
Paul McKenna by Franz Mesmer;
Rupert Murdoch by Randolph Hearst;
Vladimir Putin by Lavrentiy Beria;
Nicolas Sarkozy by Napoleon Bonaparte;
David Walliams by Will Kemp;
Mark Zuckerberg by Karl Marx.
Adonis on Beckham
"Very occasionally, someone’s life can be a question mark. David Beckham’s life poses the question that I was meant to answer. Can vanity ever be deserved?
Is he as beautiful as I was? Is he as accomplished at football as I was skilled at hunting? If the answer to both is yes then he is someone all women can love beyond reason and all men envy without resentment..."