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Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell.
Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell.

Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell.

Rosendale, NY: Women's Studio Workshop, 2019. Kellner, Tatana and Ann Kalmbach. Octavo. (64)pp. One of fifty copies, signed by the artists, Tatana Kellner and Ann Kalmbach. A response to the rise in ultra-nationalism and the far-right threat to democratic ideas and principles, this book features fifty spreads of dictators and their tyrannical behavior. At the left, a golden mug sporting the dictator’s title of choice holds pencils with the dictator’s name, below which is their country, the death toll during their years in power, their worst offense, their type of regime, and, when applicable, their cause of death. At the right, an outline of the dictator frames an anecdote exemplary of their narcissistic and dangerous behavior, captioned with a dictionary criterion for their tyranny. Haiti's François Duvalier, for example, had an "after dinner treat" of "watching torture through a peephole," and believed he was the "smartest person alive." Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, for example, “had the Qur’an written in his own blood” and fostered “a cult of personality,” in which a person always had to agree with him “to join the circle of true believers.” At the rear is a list of fifty countries currently ruled by dictators, as determined by the Freedom House survey of 2019, an annual census of global political rights and civil liberties. The list contains countries from every continent, and the final tally found that more than 2.5 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in countries that Freedom House designates as “Not Free.” The book demands a closer look at leadership and an especially close accounting for leaders who toe the line of those diagnostic definitions. Bound in glittering gold cloth with black illustration to the front cover. Very fine. Item #30471

Price: $1,500.00