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How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)

By Dikoetter, Frank

From the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of Mao's Great Famine, a sweeping and timely study of twentieth-century dictators and the development of the modern cult of personality. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporar...ily, but it never suffices in the long term. In the twentieth century, as new technologies allowed leaders to place their image and voice directly into their citizens' homes, a new phenomenon appeared where dictators exploited the cult of personality to achieve the illusion of popular approval without ever having to resort to elections. In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dik tter examines the cults and propaganda surrounding twentieth-century dictators, from Hitler and Stalin to Mao Zedong and Kim Il Sung. These men were the founders of modern dictatorships, and they learned from each other and from history to build their regimes and maintain their public images. Their dictatorships, in turn, have influenced leaders in the twenty-first century, including Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Using a breadth of archival research and his characteristic in-depth analysis, Dik tter offers a stunning portrait of dictatorship, a guide to the cult of personality, and a map for exposing the lies dictators tell to build and maintain their regimes.
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ISBN 9781635573794
Released NZ 3 Dec 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781635573794
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing
Released 3 Dec 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dikoetter, Frank
Category World History
World History: From C 1900 -
The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality
Fascism & Nazism
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 321.90904
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Dictatorship - History - 20th century, Dictators - History - 20th century, Dictators, Dictatorship, Diktator
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade