• Strongmen

  • How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall
  • By: Ruth Ben-Ghiat
  • Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 everything from gender to corruption and propaganda to explain who these political figures are - and how they manipulate our own history, fears and desires in search of power at any cost.

©2020 Ruth Ben-Ghiat (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Cian Tormey
  • 02-16-21

Absolutely Fantastic

A timely read with what's happening around the world, Ben-Ghiat's documentation of Authoritarianism and its life cycles is a truly brilliant book. Could not recommend it more highly, 100% worth listening to.

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  • Lovene Bhatia
  • 03-06-22

Narration is poor

Narration is monotonic with no pauses to differentiate paragraphs. Makes it hard to follow, I had to skip back often.