About The Book
A demagogue is person, especially an orator or a political leader, who gains power by arousing people’s emotions, passions, and prejudices rather than by using rational arguments. Demagogues have been found in democracies from historic Athens to the present day. Democracies are instituted to ensure freedom for all and popular control over government authority, but through their appeal, demagogues exploit the freedom secured under democracy to gain a level of power for themselves that overrides the rule of law, thereby undermining democracy. American demagogues profiled in this book include Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, Al Sharpton, Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, and Donald Trump.
David Ritchey's unbiased exploration into the workings of the psyche and personality of those individuals that achieve power by appealing to an aroused and fearful public was the perfect primer for the 2016 presidential election. And now in the wake of that outcome, this well-crafted and concise book offers the reader some insights as to what we might expect from Donald Trump's time in office.
-- Chris Pohon
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