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Title:
The Myth of The Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age (MP3)
Written by:
Archie Brown 
Read by:
Paul EnglishJonathan Cowley 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
18 hours 42 minutes 
MP3 size:
809 MB 
Published:
December 01 2020 
Available Date:
December 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867504702 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Politics & Current Affairs 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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From one of the world's preeminent political historians, comes a magisterial study of political leadership around the world from the advent of parliamentary democracy to the age of Obama.

Archie Brown challenges the widespread belief that 'strong leaders', dominant individual wielders of power, are the most successful and admirable. Within authoritarian regimes, a collective leadership is a lesser evil compared with a personal dictatorship. Within democracies, although ‘strong leaders’ are seldom as strong or independent as they purport to be, the idea that just one person is entitled to take the big decisions is harmful and should be resisted. Examining Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mikhail Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping and Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair amongst many others, this landmark study pinpoints different types and qualities of leadership. Overturning the popular notion of the strong leader, it makes us rethink preconceptions about what it means to lead.

'A sure-handed historical review with an engaging viewpoint.'
Kirkus Reviews

'Brown does a wonderful job of showing how the same qualities that can seem so appealing in strong leaders can lead, in the mildest cases, to bad decision – and, in the most extreme cases, to death and suffering on a massive scale ... Though The Myth of the Strong Leader is about political leadership, you come away from Brown's book with a deeper understanding of leadership in general.'
Bill Gates

'Brown raises important questions about the nature of leadership and the expectations we have for our leaders.'
Booklist

'An important and unusual read ... Brown does a wonderful job of showing how the same qualities that can seem so appealing in strong leaders can lead, in the mildest cases, to bad decision … Though The Myth of the Strong Leader is about political leadership, you come away from Brown’s book with a deeper understanding of leadership in general.'
Bill Gates