Showcase – A Century of Tyranny: Ruth Ben-Ghiat discusses her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

february, 2021

23feb3:30 pm4:00 pmVirtual EventShowcase - A Century of Tyranny: Ruth Ben-Ghiat discusses her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present


(Tuesday) 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat is interviewed by Thomas W. Smith about her new book. 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.

Speakers for this event

  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She writes frequently for CNN and other news and analysis sites on fascism, authoritarian leaders, propaganda, and threats to democracy around the world and how to counter them. Her new book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present (W.W. Norton & Company) is the first study to place President Donald Trump in the context of a century of authoritarian leaders that use a playbook of corruption, violence, propaganda, and machismo to stay in power.

  • Thomas W. Smith PhD

    Thomas W. Smith PhD

    Thomas W. Smith (Board Member and Co-Founder of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs) is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He has taught at USF since 2000. From 1997-2000 Dr. Smith was an assistant professor of International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul. During the summer of 1999 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He spent the 2007-2008 academic year at Stanford University.

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