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Author Ben-Ghiat, Ruth, author
Title Strongmen : Mussolini to the present / Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Imprint New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2020]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  JC495 .B48 2020    AVAILABLE    30610020638953
Edition First Edition
Descript xviii, 358 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-336) and index
Introduction -- Part 1. GETTING TO POWER. Fascist takeovers -- Military coups -- New authoritarian ascents -- Part 2. TOOLS OF RULE. A greater nation -- Propaganda -- Virility -- Corruption -- Violence -- Part 3. LOSING POWER. Resistance -- Endings -- Conclusion
"What modern authoritarian leaders have in common (and how they can be stopped). Ours is the age of authoritarian rulers: self-proclaimed saviors of the nation who evade accountability while robbing their people of resources and corroding or destroying democracy. Their mutual-admiration club also draws on models from the past. Vladimir Putin rehabilitates Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin, Donald Trump praises Libyan despot Muammar Gaddafi, Jair Bolsonaro admires Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan invokes Adolf Hitler as the model of an efficient leader. Ruth Ben-Ghiat covers a century of authoritarianism to explain why strongman rulers in Africa, Europe, and Latin America, drawing from a common playbook of machismo, propaganda, violence, and corruption, have found popular support even as they bring ruin to their countries. The fruit of decades of research, Strongmen gives readers insight into how such rulers think, who and what they depend on, and how they can be opposed"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Dictators
Heads of state -- Africa
Heads of state -- Europe
Heads of state -- Latin America
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