Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Author)

Product Details

$28.95  $26.63
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
November 10, 2020
6.2 X 9.7 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an internationally acclaimed historian, speaker, and political commentator for the Atlantic, CNN, the Washington Post, and other publications. She is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and lives in New York City.


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
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, she shows, offers clear lessons not only about how these regimes are built, but also how they must be opposed, and how they end.--Daniel Ziblatt, co-author of How Democracies Die
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
A surpassingly brilliant public intellectual.--Virginia Heffernan
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
Ruth Ben-Ghiat...specializes in male menace.--Jon Blitzer