Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

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Publisher Description

What modern authoritarian leaders have in common (and how they can be stopped).

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the expert on the "strongman" playbook employed by authoritarian demagogues from Mussolini to Putin—enabling her to predict with uncanny accuracy the recent experience in America and Europe. In Strongmen, she lays bare the blueprint these leaders have followed over the past 100 years, and empowers us to recognize, resist, and prevent their disastrous rule in the future.

For ours is the age of authoritarian rulers: self-proclaimed saviors of the nation who evade accountability while robbing their people of truth, treasure, and the protections of democracy. They promise law and order, then legitimize lawbreaking by financial, sexual, and other predators.

They use masculinity as a symbol of strength and a political weapon. Taking what you want, and getting away with it, becomes proof of male authority. They use propaganda, corruption, and violence to stay in power.

Vladimir Putin and Mobutu Sese Seko’s kleptocracies, Augusto Pinochet’s torture sites, Benito Mussolini and Muammar Gaddafi’s systems of sexual exploitation, and Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump’s relentless misinformation: all show how authoritarian rule, far from ensuring stability, is marked by destructive chaos.

No other type of leader is so transparent about prioritizing self-interest over the public good. As one country after another has discovered, the strongman is at his worst when true guidance is most needed by his country.

Recounting the acts of solidarity and dignity that have undone strongmen over the past 100 years, Ben-Ghiat makes vividly clear that only by seeing the strongman for what he is—and by valuing one another as he is unable to do—can we stop him, now and in the future.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2020
November 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
10.3
MB

Customer Reviews

johnnpeter ,

Strongmen

What I found frightening is that there is no way to stop autocrats from coming to power and that once there they stay for too long, inflicting great damage on their country and its citizens. From an organizational point of view it might have been better to concentrate on each of “ the bad guys” rather than go back and forth. What she made obvious is that Trump is a real danger and just as the press downplayed Trump in 2016 too many of his followers do what Hitler, Mussolini’s followers did. I am amazed that the very people who would be harmed by Trump’s policies blindly following him. Democracy is at risk and the author’s historical review helps us to understand what is at stake

rchandra2023 ,

A must-read!

Great book!

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