Title: How to be a Dictator
Authors: Dikotter, Frank
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 274
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Lord Acton's proverb 'power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely', was just as relevant in the twentieth century as it was when it was originally opined in 1887. Look no further for proof than to the eight dictators assembled here: Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Duvalier, Ceausescu, and last but not least, Mengista. Strikingly similar in their ability to achieve and maintain power through political terror and public worship, these household names are examined to engrossing effect.

Approachable and well-crafted, this book is an impartial exposure of tyrannical leaders hard at work manipulating and menacing their respective nations.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Impartial, easy reading. I was surprised that it was so engrossing."

"Most of the dictators portrayed are household names – it's fascinating to read about things that were happening in our lifetimes."

"The chapters are shortish and well-focussed and give clear pictures of the rise, brutality and fall of these dictators."

"Required reading for every citizen perhaps, but I'm not so sure it would be a good discussion book."

"I think most groups that enjoy non-fiction will find this book compelling – even if they only read half of it!

"Chillingly defined steps by which the eight men seized and retained power."

"Good descriptions of personality traits - and many being so similar!"

"The sheer number of executions ordered by some dictators was chilling reading."

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Historical, Human Rights, Political, Psychology, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles


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