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.
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.
Interviews & Appearances
Don Lemon CNN Tonight Interview
ABC News Briefing Room Interview
All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC