I deeply enjoyed my conversation with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of the timely new book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present. Her knowledge and perspective on authoritarians and in particular Trump is expansive and timely. This exchange was a fascinating deep dive with one of the great political minds of our time.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She writes frequently for CNN and other news and analysis sites on fascism, authoritarian leaders, propaganda, and threats to democracy around the world and how to counter them.
Her new book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present (W.W. Norton & Company) is the first study to place President Donald Trump in the context of a century of authoritarian leaders that use a playbook of corruption, violence, propaganda, and machismo to stay in power.
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