Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power

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How does a truly disastrous leader – a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant – come to power? How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power? And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant’s soul? For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer. As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social and psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. What he discovered in his characters four hundred years ago remains remarkably relevant today. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues and imagined how they might be stopped. In ‘Tyrant’, Stephen Greenblatt examines the themes of power and tyranny in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

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‘Brilliant’ Sunday Times

How does a truly disastrous leader – a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant – come to power? How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power? And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant’s soul?

For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer.

‘Brilliant, timely’ Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

‘A scintillating book, uncannily illuminating about current politics, as perceptive about the victims of tyranny as it is about the tyrants themselves’ Nicholas Hytner

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Weight 0.182 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.4 cm
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Paperback

Pages

212

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

822.33 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K