Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall (Paperback)
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Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 05/11/2020

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Ours is the age of the strongman. Russia, India, Turkey and America are ruled by men who, as they have risen to the top, have reshaped their countries around them, creating cults of personality which earn the loyalty of millions. And as they do so, they draw on a playbook of behaviour established by figures such as Benito Mussolini, Muammar Gaddafi and Adolf Hitler.

Here, political historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat draws on analysis of everything from gender and sexuality to diplomatic strategy to explain who these political figures are - and how they manipulate our own history, fears and desires in search of power at any cost.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788164764
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 228 x 146 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

With a steady gaze and an eye for the telling detail, Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a timely analysis of how a certain kind of charisma delivers political disaster - and some valuable hints about how it can be resisted, and the virtues we will need to rebuild democracy - Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an indispensable resource on authoritarianism, past and present. Everyone who cares about American democracy should read this book - Sarah Kendzior, author of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America

Ben-Ghiat's portrayal of fascist era tyrants, murderous Cold War dictators, and would-be tyrants in our own day gives us a gripping and illuminating picture of how strongmen have deployed violence, seduction, and corruption. History, Ben-Ghiat shows, offers clear lessons not only about how these regimes are built, but also how they must be opposed, and how they inevitably end - Daniel Ziblatt, co-author How Democracies Die

Strongmen is a vital book and a warning. - Guardian

Simultaneously intimate and sweeping in scope, STRONGMEN brings us in close to dictators and would-be dictators across decades and continents. We are left with a disturbing look in the mirror. Throughout, Ben-Ghiat's clear prose rings with a rhythm and cadence that today's nonfiction too often lacks - Sarah Chayes, author of On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake and Thieves of State

Deep insight and a vigorous style ... a brilliant contribution to the political psychology of democracy - Joy Connolly, President of the American Council of Learned Societies

Praise for Ruth Ben-Ghiat: [A] surpassingly brilliant public intellectual... - Virginia Heffernan on Slate's Trumpcast

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