Personality and Power (Paperback)
  • Personality and Power (Paperback)
zoom

Personality and Power (Paperback)

(author)
£14.99
Paperback 512 Pages
Published: 28/09/2023
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Waterstones Says

Through a series of searching profiles of twentieth century leaders the eminent historian and author of Hitler analyses how both totalitarian states and democracies have relied on charismatic figureheads to achieve their ends.

The modern era saw the emergence of individuals who had command over a terrifying array of instruments of control, persuasion and death. Whole societies were re-shaped and wars fought, often with a merciless contempt for the most basic norms. At the summit of these societies were leaders whose personalities had somehow given them the ability to do whatever they wished.

Ian Kershaw's new book is a compelling, lucid and challenging attempt to understand these rulers, whether operating on the widest stage (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini) or with a more national impact (Tito, Franco). What was it about these leaders and the times they lived in that allowed them such untrammelled and murderous power? And what brought that era to an end? In a contrasting group of profiles (Churchill, de Gaulle, Adenauer, Gorbachev, Thatcher, Kohl) Kershaw uses his exceptional skills to think through how other, strikingly different figures wielded power.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141998237
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Illuminating ... an insightful series of essays about 12 exceptional leaders who stood at the centre of Europe's 20th century. - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Few historians are better qualified to answer these questions than Ian Kershaw ... As always, he proves a splendid miniaturist, expertly sketching personalities and philosophies in a few coolly judged lines ... If Kershaw's book has a contemporary lesson, it is that societies are probably happiest and healthiest when leaders matter least. - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

Sir Ian Kershaw, the great (in both senses) biographer of Adolf Hitler, makes an important contribution to this debate ... persuasive and nuanced pen-portraits ... well-researched, well-written and thought-provoking. - Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph

Lucid portraits of the leaders who shaped Europe's 20th century ... There is much to be admired in Kershaw's cogent and astute analysis. - Orlando Figes, The Observer

You may also be interested in...

The Wager
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
American Prometheus
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Beyond the Wall
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Unruly
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.99
Hardback
Killing Thatcher
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
The Earth Transformed
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Crypt
Added to basket
£22.00   £16.99
Hardback
Killers of the Flower Moon
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Prisoners of Geography
Added to basket
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
Added to basket
UPROAR!
Added to basket
£11.99   £9.99
Paperback
The Making of the Modern Middle East
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Emperor of Rome
Added to basket
£30.00
Hardback
Masters of the Air
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Normal Women
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.99
Hardback
The Lost Rainforests of Britain
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
The Escape Artist
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: