Tyrants: The Worlds 20 Worst Living Dictators by David WallechinskyToday more than ever, international headlines are dominated by dispatches from the many dictatorships that still dot the globe. Although Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been deposed, North Koreas Kim Jong-il continues to attract attention on the world stage; at the same time, other dictatorships, led by royal families, military juntas, and single political parties, persist in repressing and brutalizing their citizens without ever attracting anything like Saddams or Kim Jong-ils level of international attention.
In this fascinating, eye-opening read, New York Times bestselling author David Wallechinsky offers in-depth portraits of each of the twenty worst dictators -- and the governments they head -- currently in power: exposing their crimes, and revealing their strange personalities and mysterious backgrounds. Tyrants also reveals the extent that foreign corporations and governments support these tyrants despite their policies.
Timely and provocative, crafted with the popular touch that has made Wallechinsky a bestselling author, Tyrants will awaken you to the criminal regimes of the present -- and pose challenging questions about Americas role in curbing (or promoting) their power in the future.
The Tyrant Hall of Shame includes:
Kim Jong-il/North Korea
Seyed Ali Khamenei/Iran
King Abdullah/Saudi Arabia
A Pocket Mirror for Heroes
This is my contribution to a nervousness bookcrossing ring. A period piece for sure, but much of the advice Gracian gives on how to live life still rings true today. I just could not get into this book. I can't tell if it is the book itself or my own mindset, but I know that the two are not meshing to create a fulfilling reading experience. I've been sitting on this book for a few weeks and revisiting now and then, but it still isn't grabbing me. At this point, it would be foolish and selfish of me not to send it along, so send-along I will.
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A Pocket Mirror for Heroes. Baltasar Gracian. A Pocket Mirror for Heroes is a mirror because it reflects "the person you are or the one you ought to be. And it is a mirror for heroes because it provides a vivid image of ethical and moral perfection to which all can aspire. Now Gracian, the Spanish Jesuit considered Machiavelli's better in strategy and insight, sets a new standard on the art of living and the practice of achieving. That new standard is the art of heroism--how to be "the consummate person, ripe and perfect: accurate in judgment, mature in taste, attentive in listening, wise in sayings, shrewd in deeds, the center of all perfection. But it is not enough to be wise or graceful: one must learn as well how to manage that talent, how to distinguish a quality fiom its shadow.