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            How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

            How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Dikoetter, Frank

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            Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. A tyrant who can compel his ow...n people to acclaim him will last longer. The paradox of the modern dictator is that he must create the illusion of popular support. Throughout the twentieth century, hundreds of millions of people were condemned to enthusiasm, obliged to hail their leaders even as they were herded down the road to serfdom. In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikoetter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these dictators ceaselessly worked on their own image and encouraged the population at large to glorify them. At a time when democracy is in retreat, are we seeing a revival of the same techniques among some of today's world leaders? This timely study, told with great narrative verve, examines how a cult takes hold, grows, and sustains itself. It places the cult of personality where it belongs, at the very heart of tyranny.
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            ISBN 9781408891612
            Released NZ 1 Oct 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Vanishing Sky

            The Vanishing Sky (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Binder, L. Annette

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            All these years later and nothing had changed. Young men left and they came back broken or not at all. It is 1945 in Heidenfeld, Germany, and Etta's sons are gone. At fifteen, Georg is away training at a school for the Hitler Youth. Max, nineteen and fearless, is about to come ho...me from the Eastern front a changed man. And then there's Etta's husband, Josef, determined to do everything for his country - no matter the cost. The Vanishing Sky is a Second World War novel seen through German eyes, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation - involuntary, unseen or direct - in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, L. Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family.
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            ISBN 9781526616715
            Released NZ 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Surviving Autocracy
             

            Surviving Autocracy (Hardback)

            By Gessen, Masha

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            The only book you need to read to understand the events of the past four years in Trump's America, from the prize-winning Russian-American New Yorker writer.

            ISBN 9781783786763
            Released NZ 18 Aug 2020
            Publisher Granta Books
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends
             

            Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends (Hardback)

            By Applebaum, Anne

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            • Pub Date
              20 Oct 20

            For a time after the end of Communism, intellectuals and politicians across Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, a common progressive purpose and, very often, personal friendships. The euphoria quickly evaporated, the common purpose and centre ground gradually disap...peared and eventually - as this book compellingly relates - the relationships which went with it completely soured. Anne Applebaum traces a familiar history in an unfamiliar way, looking at the trajectories of individuals caught up in the public events of the last three decades. When politics polarises, and authoritarians start to make the running, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, do you swallow what they are feeding you? When they appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it? Twilight of Democracy is a new kind of political writing, which shows how the personal and the political are inextricably mixed, and brings a fresh understanding to the dynamics of public life in Europe and America, both in recent decades and now.
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            ISBN 9780241419717
            Released NZ 20 Oct 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads
             

            Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads (Hardback)

            By Rundell, David

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            • Pub Date
              6 Oct 20

            One of America's foremost experts on Saudi Arabia explains why the country has been stable for so long and what its future might be

            ISBN 9781838605933
            Released NZ 6 Oct 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter Who Became a Tyrant
             

            Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter Who Became a Tyrant (Paperback)

            By Holland, Heidi

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            A portrait of Robert Mugabe, a man whose once brilliant career has ruined Zimbabwe and cast shame on the African continent. It charts Mugabe's gradual self-destruction, and uncovers some of the most respectable international players in the Zimbabwe tragedy.

            ISBN 9780141040790
            Released NZ 5 Feb 2009
            Publisher Penguin
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            Dictators: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century
             

            Dictators: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

            By Dikotter, Frank

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            • Pub Date
              29 Sep 20

            'Brilliant' NEW STATESMAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'Enlightening and a good read' SPECTATOR 'Moving and perceptive' NEW STATESMAN Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti. No dictator can rule through fear and violence al...one. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. A tyrant who can compel his own people to acclaim him will last longer. The paradox of the modern dictator is that he must create the illusion of popular support. Throughout the twentieth century, hundreds of millions of people were condemned to enthusiasm, obliged to hail their leaders even as they were herded down the road to serfdom. In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikoetter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these dictators ceaselessly worked on their own image and encouraged the population at large to glorify them. At a time when democracy is in retreat, are we seeing a revival of the same techniques among some of today's world leaders? This timely study, told with great narrative verve, examines how a cult takes hold, grows, and sustains itself. It places the cult of personality where it belongs, at the very heart of tyranny.
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            ISBN 9781526626998
            Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The New Normal

            The New Normal (Hardback, edition)

            By O'Hagan, Ellie Mae

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            Journalist, campaigner and podcast co-host with Owen Jones, Ellie Mae O'Hagan has emerged as one of the smartest observers of contemporary politics, and in The New Normal provides a brilliant and incisive analysis of the current political watershed we face.

            ISBN 9780008311926
            Released NZ 18 May 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            AZADI: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.
             

            AZADI: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. (Paperback)

            By Roy, Arundhati

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            • Pub Date
              17 Nov 20

            The chant of 'Azadi!' - Urdu for 'Freedom!' - is the slogan of those oppressed by the ongoing and violent conflict in Kashmir. Ironically it has also become the chant of millions on the streets of India under the banner of Hindu Nationalism. What lies between these two calls for ...freedom? A chasm or a bridge? In this series of penetrating essays on politics and literature, Arundhati Roy examines this question, challenging us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism. Azadi, she warns, hangs in the balance for us all.
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            ISBN 9780241470022
            Released NZ 17 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            A Long Petal of the Sea: 'Allende's finest book yet' - now a Sunday Times bestseller

            A Long Petal of the Sea: 'Allende's finest book yet' - now a Sunday Times bestseller (Hardback)

            By Allende, Isabel

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            That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever change...d. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised `long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.
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            ISBN 9781526615909
            Released NZ 21 Jan 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 16+ years
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