Cracked.com has compiled a list of the men and women behind some of history’s most powerful rulers.
Hey, remember that Dick Cheney guy? You know, the shadowy old man lurking behind George W. Bush and tugging on the strings that jerkily moved Bush’s limbs? He still turns up on Fox News sometimes?
Well, it turns out that history is full of those guys, the power behind the power whose names don’t come up in history class, but who were happy to change history from the shadows.