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From the best-selling author of the Don't Know Much About books comes a dramatic account of the origins of democracy, the history of authoritarianism, and the reigns of five of history's deadliest dictators.

What makes a country fall to a dictator? How are authoritarian leaders - strongmen - capable of killing millions acquire their power? How are they able to defeat the ideal of democracy? And what can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again? 

By profiling five of the most notoriously ruthless dictators in history - Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein - Kenneth C. Davis seeks to answer these questions, examining the forces in these strongmen's personal lives and historical periods that shaped the leaders they'd become. Meticulously researched, Strongman provides insight into the lives of five leaders who callously transformed the world and serves as an invaluable resource in an era when democracy itself seems in peril.

"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)

©2020 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2020 Listening Library

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  • 03-02-21

An absolute must read

..for all democracy loving peoples. Overcoming “strongmen” requires informed people. Never again, lest we forget

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  • 02-01-21

Cautionary Tales

Excellent review of autocrats and their rise to power. Very much still relevant and timely today.