Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She writes on authoritarian leaders, fascism, and propaganda. A regular contributor to CNN and other news and analysis sites, she appears frequently on radio, podcasts, and television and is quoted in news stories around the world on threats to democracy and how to counter them. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in November 2020.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present

Available November 2020 from W.W. Norton & Co.

Ours is the age of the strongman, of heads of state who damage or destroy democracy use masculinity as a tool of political legitimacy, and promise law and order rule  - and then legitimize lawless behavior by financial, sexual, and other predators. Covering a century of tyranny, this book examines how authoritarians use propaganda, virility, corruption, and violence to stay in power, and how they can be opposed.

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Interviews & Appearances

CNN Don Lemon Interview 10-2-2019
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Don Lemon CNN Tonight Interview

ABC News - Trump escales immigration rhetoric
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ABC News Briefing Room Interview

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All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

FEATURED ESSAY

Police Brutality

“How Did Journalists Become Hate Objects in America?”

CNN News, June 11, 2020

“Who are you essential to?” yelled a New York Police Department officer on June 2 as he confronted badged Associated Press (AP) videographer Robert Bumsted and AP photographer Maye-E Wong as they sought to report on a protest.

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FEATURED INTERVIEWS

NYRB Profile: Why I Decided to Study Fascism

New York Review Of Books, August 31, 2020

“Many are scared to admit the truth about Trump and authoritarianism because then they might have to do something about it.”

Chauncey DeVega, The Truth Report podcast, Salon, July 23, 2020

Featured Essay

Police Brutality

“How Did Journalists Become Hate Objects in America?”

CNN News, June 11, 2020

“Who are you essential to?” yelled a New York Police Department officer on June 2 as he confronted badged Associated Press (AP) videographer Robert Bumsted and AP photographer Maye-E Wong as they sought to report on a protest.

Read More

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