Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy Around the World by Gideon Rachman


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The FT's Gideon Rachman argues that we are in a new era. Since the beginning of the millennium, when Vladimir Putin took power in Russia, authoritarian leaders have come to dominate global politics. Self-styled strongmen have risen to power in Moscow, Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Budapest, Ankara, Riyadh and Washington.

How and why did this new style of strongman leadership arrive? How likely is it to lead to war or economic collapse? And what forces are in place not only to keep these strongmen in check but to reverse the trend?

From Putin, Trump and Bolsonaro to Erdogan, Xi and Modi, The Age of the Strongman provides a truly global treatment of the new nationalism and offers a new model for understanding our world. 

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