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Social Studies/ History. Recommended for Grades 5-9  (Ages 12-18) and for the entire family.

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? 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.

Kenneth C. Davis. Image by Nina SubinStrongman, by Kenneth C. Davis
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.

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series of books for adults and children. A frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed Educator, Davis enjoys Skype visits with middle- and high-school classrooms to discuss history. He lives in New York City.

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250144119
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Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2019

More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250145123
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 15th, 2018

The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316348355
Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2016

Don't Know Much About® Geography: Revised and Updated Edition (Don't Know Much About Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062043566
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 21st, 2013