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Here is a completely new way of doing history: work your way through the movers and shakers by giving them a rating out of five for sexiness. Che Guevara is the irresistible intellectual on a motorcycle who died fighting for his cause, but he only gets a four, while Albert Camus, with a perfect literary style and an insatiable sexual appetite, is "the man that every Francophile yearns to be" and a definite five. Josephine Baker was a dancer who became an international sex symbol, taking the Folies Bergère by storm wearing only a skirt made of bananas, but she also worked for the French resistance during the war and became a civil rights leader back in America: a five. Sylvia Plath's poetry and life were dominated by her dark side, but all the photos show her laughing and looking incredibly beautiful. Benazir Bhutto, assassinated in 2007, was educated by Catholic nuns, had an arranged marriage, and was the first female leader of a modern Muslim country. A considerable beauty, her attraction also lay in her intelligence, with degrees from Harvard and Oxford. Salvador Dali's interest in sex is legendary but the authors give him only a two out of five, asking the key question: was the Surrealist painter hotter than his notorious Lobster Telephone? Lawrence of Arabia gets a five, in spite of being rumoured to be asexual, while even Cleopatra, a charismatic and astute ruler who conquered Julius Caesar, only gets a four. A very agreeable learning experience. 223pp, colour photos.

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