From the bestselling 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 do 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 and complete with photographs, 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.
* "A fascinating, highly readable portrayal of infamous men that provides urgent lessons for democracy now." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|File size:||54 MB|
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|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series of books for adults and children. A frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed Educator, Davis enjoys Skype visits with middle- and high-school classrooms to discuss history. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Dictators, Despots, and Democracy vii
Chapter 1 Democracy in Flames 1
Time Line of Democracy-From Athens to 1918 14
Chapter 2 "Let Arms Yield to the Toga"-A Brief History of Democracy 17
Time Line-The Life of Benito Mussolini 43
Chapter 3 "Believe, Obey, and Fight"-The Story of Benito Mussolini 45
Time Line-The Life of Adolf Hitler 78
Chapter 4 The Big Lie-The Story of Adolf Hitler 81
Time Line-The Life of Joseph Stalin 118
Chapter 5 Man of Steel-The Story of Joseph Stalin 121
Time Line-The Life of Mao Zedong 147
Chapter 6 The Long March-The Story of Mao Zedong 149
Time Line-The Life of Saddam Hussein 181
Chapter 7 Stalin on the Tigris-The Story of Saddam Hussein 183
Chapter 8 Never Again?-A New Generation of Monsters 205