RaveLibrary JournalThrough extensive research in primary and secondary sources, Ben-Ghiat creates a sobering picture of how strong-willed men have been able to establish themselves as popular rulers, while undermining the very democratic structure within which they thrived. Ben-Ghiat\'s narrative is replete with examples of how authoritarian rulers came to power and how they maintain power; overall, the book represents a troubling portrayal of how mature modern democracies can be ultimately dominated by such strongmen ... A sober book, and one that we should all take seriously. Essential for all collections.
Gerald F. Seib
PositiveLibrary Journal... informative ... An excellent analysis of modern political history.
PositiveLibrary Journal... a sprightly crafted survey of populist philosophy over the past century as it contends with more established political forces that have considered its ideas to be backwards and undemocratic ... A valuable history of an important political tradition, and what it means for the future.
RaveLibrary JournalKimmage’s latest book stands apart because of its historical and philosophical treatment of what Western culture means to contemporary Americans ... This is an exceedingly important book and certainly one that would benefit all American readers who wonder how we arrived at our current status in an increasingly interconnected world. Highly recommended for all collections.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis lengthy, detailed yet accessible account delves into the leader\'s public and private life ... Throughout, Newton offers insight into the personal and intellectual influences that shaped his subject\'s approach to government. This work sets itself apart from others...by contributing a more complete picture of this political figure, using firsthand interviews with Brown himself as well as numerous secondary sources. By also describing unsuccessful efforts to run for California senate in 1982 and the presidency in 1992, Newton gives a nuanced portrait of Brown as well as his complex political philosophy ... An insider political biography that will have national appeal.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe author allows readers to draw their own conclusions, suggesting that a sense of Serb nationalism drove Karadzic’s actions, leading him to believe that ethnic cleansing would ultimately create the new Serb order he desired. Stern’s book is a worthy complement to Robert Donia’s Radovan Karadzic: Architect of the Bosnian Genocide ... An informative work for academic collections supporting studies in Balkan history.
PositiveLibrary Journal[Stengel] thoughtfully details his time working within the State Department to promote American ideals in the face of an array of disinformation generated by Russia and others during and before the 2016 U.S. election ... This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.
PositiveLibrary JournalBBC News correspondent Corera...crafts a remarkable tale about an aspect of World War II espionage that is probably little known to most readers ... A well-researched, fascinating account of spying during World War II.
RaveLibrary JournalBarr\'s fine work nicely complements another recent history ... The common belief that Britain and America got along during those tempestuous postwar years deserves a reexamination, and Barr...provide[s] it ... A fine history by a master historian that provides a needed reassessment of Anglo-American relations after World War II. Recommended for all collections.