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  • Essential and definitive... To understand the chilling stakes of the global Great Game defining this century - the battle between autocracies and democracies - you need only turn to Rachman's magisterial and deftly written book

    Catherine Belton, author of Putin’s People
  • Timely, laser-sharp and unsettling. In telling us about strongmen who dominate politics around the world, Gideon Rachman paints a picture that is at turns illuminating and terrifying. A must read

    Peter Frankopan, author of The New Silk Roads
  • This is a brilliant, unsettling portrait of our era

    Rana Mitter, author of China’s Good War
  • When it comes to making sense of today's world, Gideon Rachman is in a league of his own. He is sharp, original and unsentimental.

    Ivan Krastev, co-author of The Light that Failed
  • A searing analysis... A superb and scintillating portrait, indispensable for understanding our crisis-riven age

    Shruti Kapila, author of Violent Fraternity: Indian Political Thought in the Global Age
  • In a chaotic world where old definitions of left and right no longer hold, Rachman expertly and artfully surfaces the underlying political, economic and cultural patterns behind the new authoritarianism across the world

    Peter Pomserantsev, author of This Is Not Propaganda
  • A carefully written analysis of strongman leaders all over the world and the threat they pose to liberal democracy... Rachman illuminates the common instincts, tactics and behaviour that link leaders as diverse as Trump, Putin, Xi and Modi

    Anne Applebaum
  • This readable book does an admirable job of providing the lay of the land and highlighting the importance of the battle of ideas for the future of our institutions and norms

    Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor
  • Brilliant and profoundly alarming... a comprehensive survey, written with pace, clarity, and a superb, page-turning narrative fluency

    Scotsman
  • Timing is everything. Gideon Rachman has got his spot on with The Age Of The Strongman

    Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

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