Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy


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$19.99  $18.39
Henry Holt & Company
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6.2 X 9.3 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times-bestselling author of America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About(R) History, which gave rise to the Don't Know Much About(R) series of books for adults and children. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed In the Shadow of Liberty, which was an ALA Notable Book and a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, as well as More Deadly Than War, which was named a Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Month. A frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed Educator, Davis lives in New York City.


"Strongman is a book that is both deeply researched and deeply felt, both an alarming warning and a galvanizing call to action, both daunting and necessary to read and discuss." --Cynthia Levinson, author of Fault Lines in the Constitution

"A wake-up call to democracies like ours: we are not immune to despots . . . Strongman demonstrates that democracy is not permanent, unless it is collectively upheld. This book shakes that immortality narrative." --Jessica Ellison, President of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies

"Rarely does a history book take such an unflinching look at our common future, where the very presence of democracy is less than certain; even rarer is a history book in which the author's moral convictions incite young readers to civic engagement; rarest of all, a history book as urgent, as impassioned, and as timely as Kenneth C. Davis' Strongman." --Eugene Yelchin, author of the Newbery Honor book Breaking Stalin's Nose

"[I] . . . found myself engrossed in it from beginning to end. I could not help admiring [Davis's] ability to explain complex ideas in readable prose . . . very much a book for our time." --Sam Wineburg, author of Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone)