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The age of the strongman : how the cult of the leader threatens democracy around the world / Gideon Rachman.

Rachman, Gideon, (author.).


"The author of Easternization, an award-winning journalist, offers an intimate look at the rise of strongman leaders around the globe, charting the most urgent political story of our era. We are in a new era: authoritarian leaders have become a central feature of global politics. Since 2000, self-styled strongmen have risen to power in capitals as diverse as Moscow, Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Budapest, Ankara, Riyadh and Washington. These leaders are nationalists and social conservatives, with little tolerance for minorities, dissent or the interests of foreigners. At home, they claim to be standing up for ordinary people against globalist elites; abroad, they posture as the embodiments of their nations. And everywhere they go, they encourage a cult of personality. What's more, these leaders are not just operating in authoritarian political systems but have begun to emerge in the heartlands of liberal democracy. From Trump, Putin and Bolsonaro to Erdogan, Xi and Modi, Gideon Rachman pays full attention to the strongman phenomenon around the world and uncovers the complex and often surprising interaction between these leaders. In the process, he finds the common themes in our local nightmares and offers a bold new paradigm for understanding our world, and finds global coherence in the chaos of the new nationalism, leadership cults and hostility to liberal democracy. While others have tried to understand the emergence of these new leaders individually, Age of the Strongman provides the first truly global treatment of the new nationalism, underpinned by an exceptional level of access to key actors in this drama: Gideon Rachman has been in the same room with most of these strongmen and reported from their countries over a long journalistic career"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781635422801
  • ISBN: 1635422809
  • Physical Description: viii, 278 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2022.

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General Note:
Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2022.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Putin : the archetype (2000) -- Erdogan : from liberal reformer to authoritarian strongman (2003) -- Xi Jinping : China and the return of the cult of personality (2012) -- Modi : strongman politics in the world's largest democracy (2014) -- Orbán, Kaczynski and the rise of illiberal Europe (2015) -- Boris Johnson and Brexit Britain (2016) -- Donald Trump : American strongman (2016) -- Rodrigo Duterte and the erosion of democracy in South East Asia (2016) -- The rise of MBS and the Netanyahu phenomenon (2017) -- Bolsonaro, Amlo and the return of the Latin American caudillo (2018) -- Abiy Ahmed and democratic disillusionment in Africa (2019) -- Merkel, Macron and Europe's struggle against the strongmen (2020) -- George Soros, Steve Bannon and the battle of ideas -- Epilogue : Biden in the age of the strongman.
Subject: Authoritarianism.
Heads of state > Biography.
Charisma (Personality trait) > Political aspects.
World politics > 21st century.
Chefs d'État > Biographies.
Charisme > Aspect politique.
Politique mondiale > 21e siècle.
FICTION / General.
Heads of state.
World politics.
Genre: Biographies.

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