Lord Acton has left too little completed original work to rank among the great historians; his very learning seems to have stood in his way; he knew too much and his literary conscience was too acute for him to write easily, and his copiousness of information overloads his literary style. But he was one of the most deeply learned men of his time, and he will certainly be remembered for his influence on others. 
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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton said that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This has been seen numerous times throughout history. From Hitler’s ideological world and his slaughtering of six million Jews in attempt to reach it, to Mohamed Suhato’s embezzlement of somewhere between fifteen and thirty five billion US dollars, which then led to the complete collapse of Indonesia’s economy; the world has set gaze upon some nefarious dignitaries. Clive Cussler has completely agreed with Lord Acton and his famous quote in the novel Sahara. The antagonists in this story become totally deleterious in there lust for absolute power, which leads to the deaths of innocent soldiers, the crippling of his country through the larceny of its assets, and the murder of doctors and civilians who pose a small threat to his domination.
In a corrupt mind the only reason someone cares for someone else’s life is if it directly benefits their own. The person in power is hungry for more and is willing to spend the lives of others in order to obtain it. General Zateb Kazim possesses no respect for human life at all in Sahara, and spends his soldiers like he spends the dirty money his corruption has brought him. His first expenditure of soldiers is in attempt to capture an immaculate speed boat that is travelling down the Niger River. Kazim has never seen anything like it and as the power hungry leader that he is- he demands that he obtain it. Without any prior knowledge to the origin of the boat or who it belongs to, he orders a group of two gun boats and an airplane to “capture that fine pleasure craft and execute whoever is onboard” (Cussler 117). Blinded by his greed, Kazim sends in his soldiers to attack the protagonis...
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...treme inhumanity presented by his labour camps, Kazim shows that a corrupted leader prioritizes power above human life.
Corruption related to power is seen in today’s world as frequently as it is in literature. The quest for ultimate supremacy does in fact lead to the decay of the antagonist’s morals and values in Sahara, which in turn cause him to needlessly expend soldiers, embezzle funds, and value his position above mortal being. In the act of trying to eliminate a potential threat to his empire, he expends soldiers like there a renewable resource. While trying to improve his already luxurious lifestyle, he cripples an entire nation. Finally, when perfectly innocent people know too much about him, his only solution is to eliminate them. When Lord Acton said: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” He couldn’t have been more correct.
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