If there’s ever been a time for a book called Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy then it’s certainly this one. The nonfiction titled is aimed at teens, and seeks to engage them in our democracy through an aspect of history that is all-too-relevant today.
Because it’s more important than ever to use our voices right now, today we’re giving Kenneth C. Davis, the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned and America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation, who certainly knows better than us, a chance to state his case as to why you’re never young enough to use your voice.
From the bestselling author of the Don’t Know Much About® books comes a dramatic account of the origins of democracy, the history of authoritarianism, and the reigns of five of history’s deadliest dictators.
What makes a country fall to a dictator? How do authoritarian leaders―strongmen―capable of killing millions acquire their power? How are they able to defeat the ideal of democracy? And what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
By profiling five of the most notoriously ruthless dictators in history―Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein―Kenneth C. Davis seeks to answer these questions, examining the forces in these strongmen’s personal lives and historical periods that shaped the leaders they’d become.
Meticulously researched and complete with photographs, Strongman provides insight into the lives of five leaders who callously transformed the world and serves as an invaluable resource in an era when democracy itself seems in peril.
And that’s not all, we’re also holding a giveaway! Because hey, we’ve said it before, but we’ll keep repeating it, we all need to educate ourselves. The more we know, the better we are at making decisions.
So enter below to win a copy of the book! US/Canada only on this one, sorry.a Rafflecopter giveaway
On October 20, 2020 Davis is set to co-moderate a virtual Student Town Hall with the National Council for the Social Students on the subjects of democracy, civics and our election process. To find out how to participate, make your voice heard or submit a video, go here.