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  • Summary

  • The future of democracy is uncertain.

    Populist world leaders are dominating headlines and creating a new kind of politics that challenges democratic values and the liberal order.

    They influence the media, exert economic power, appoint judges, cultivate populism and seek to undermine the very institutions which brought them into power.

    In this gripping narrative, Misha Glenny, journalist and best-selling author of McMafia, tells the stories of six strongmen’s unexpected rise.

    A Somethin’ Else production for Audible Originals.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2020 Audible, Ltd. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Aug 17 2020

    This story starts in Hungary, 1989, the year Misha Glenny first set eyes on Viktor Orban - then a young student activist calling for an end to communist rule. Three decades later, Glenny asks: how did this once passionate liberal turn into the original strongman?

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    33 mins
  • Aug 17 2020

    He's called Pope Francis a "son of a whore", he wolf-whistles at female journalists, and he boasts about killing drug dealers - how did this provincial mayor become President of the Philippines?

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    36 mins
  • Aug 17 2020

    One summer’s evening in July 2016, fighter jets started circling around Istanbul, Turkey. It was the beginning of a military coup to overthrow modern Turkey’s longest-serving ruler - President Recep Tayipp Erdogan.

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    35 mins

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Putting Boris alongside this lot ?

Interesting and thought provoking but whatever your politics linking boris Johnson with know killers and dictators Is a bit far fetched to say the least. You may not like Boris, and I’m not a huge fan, but putting him alongside these guys is just silly headline grabbing and let’s down the whole series

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Should be mandatory listening

A well researched and comprehensive yet succinct and easy listen that clearly maps out how we ended up in this mess thanks to a handful of selfish power-hungry men worldwide. It's also indirectly a a pretty damning critique of the patriarchy.

It is of course a bit depressing too - Proof positive that the general populace worldwide are so easily duped.

Unlike another reviewer I think the choice of including Boris Johnson is perfectly correct, showing how he and Cummings are using the same tools and methods of more "obvious" dictators to achieve the same ultimate results.

We live in interesting times indeed.

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Great work but undermined by bias.

Well delivered and insightful providing intriguing snapshots on controversial figures who shape our world. However, uncomfortably biased in the final episode making rather difficult connections between mass murderers and UK PM. Sexist undertones detract from the critical analysis offered by contributors. However, would highly recommend.

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Full of Bias

Very one sided, a disservice to an important and interesting topic. Unfortunate work, a missed opportunity to do something worthwhile.

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Only Tells one side of the story.

Dont see why they snidely try to put people like The PM of UK and Presdint of the USA into it.

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Thought provoking

Glenny makes some curious but pertinent links between these characters. Excellent listening. I strongly recommended it!

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Misha Glenny EU Remainer still crying over Losing

Misha Glenny has dual Irish European Union & UK Passport ! EU Remainer does not like Boris Johnson mostly because he supports Brexit... London Elites thinks the Working Class? can not think for themselves... and it was Boris who won it ! LOL :)

Liberal Conservative Boris the clown he says is a lier and he is some kind of Iron Man... I'm not joking :)

Hard left Angela Merkel the real Boss of the European Union Empire... Is neither a Iron Man or a Iron Lady (Like Thatcher because she is Conservative?) You then get the drift of this Left Wing Guardian Podcast.

If you enjoy your writers to have a agenda to their own political views you will love this... If you absorb all kinds of Propaganda for your London Liberal Elite bubble who love the EU Empire dictatorship... and hate Democracy for your own Countries you will love this!

Populism of the People is bad = Majority voting for want they want in a true Democracy ? Vs Unelected unaccountable Minority Liberal Left dictators in Non Democractic EU who are building the next Empire in Europe ?

If you like Guardian writers you will love this and give it 5 stars but it will not change True Democracy for the Majority of the British Public who can think for themselves.

This is Political Bias... but also on my part ;) BUT at least I'm open and honest with you :)

I'm a average Conservative... If they call you Far Right then you know they are from the very very Far Left Communists...

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Entertaining read

Like many others, I can see a quote obvious bias and wine dubious connections. None the less there are some very valid points and it makes for an entertaining listen but not, perhaps, a historical accurate study.

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Left wing propaganda

A wonderful and entertaining insight into how political figures are shaping the current world. Fantastic to see the emphasis on other politicians and not just Trump. Disappointing to see some wild and weak links to serious political issues. Still really worth the listen and motivation to do your own deep-dive on some of these politicians.

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stimulating and authorative I wanted more.

the result of research and included interesting references which I want to pursue and the delivery was excellent.

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  • 27-02-21

A very biased view on things

Has a lot of bias against any people or ideas that are of conservative values yet talks about it as if the information is facts rather than just their opinions. Should be open and upfront rather than pretending their view of the world is facts. This will cause people not willing to do their own research to miscommunicate the “facts” later on.

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  • 27-03-21

Extremist left wing propaganda at it's worst

If you like feeding of the fear based, liberal media machine, than this is for you. Do you need a boogyman to blame? This will give you one. Are you uncertain what to believe but you know without a doubt that white supremacy is to blame for everything? Than this is definitely for you.

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  • 04-03-21

Fair and informative

This is an account of the rise of totalitarianism in the 21st century, from someone who has reported on it since the early rumblings in the 1990s.

It does not editorialize or speculate.

It may offend people whose fascist views have been normalized by cynical politicians that derive all of their political support from hate-mongering.

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  • Rachel Schei
  • 03-06-21

Excellent

Very interesting podcast. I learnt a lot and the reader has a great voice. Great listening!

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  • Victoria Eriksson
  • 26-05-21

Truthful and important

I'm a political scientist and I loved this podcast series. Misha Glenny is brilliant, those familiar with his other works, like McMafia know this. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to see ignorant gullible idiots writing reviews calling this biased. What they actually mean is "This counters my unreasoning faith in Trump/Boris Johnson/Modi and I don't like being told that voting for authoritarian politicians threatens global democracy and liberty." Ignore those historically illiterate reviewers and listen to this series. It is in the self-interest of all humans who love democracy and the rule of law to listen to this podcast and learn from a man like Glenny who unequivocally from his early life experience, is an expert on democratically elected autocrats.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-20

Outstanding. Full stop.

Insightful, engaging, and brilliantly written. Not a surprise from such a reputable reporter, of course. The firsthand accounts and interviews were well-chosen. I learned so much. Thank you.

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  • Daniel Ginzburg
  • 03-10-20

Excellent 6 Part Series

Very interesting. 6 well done episodes focussing on 6 contemporary leaders. I first heard of the series via an interview with Misha Glenny and then I quickly downloaded the series. Each episode stands alone, but it is even more interesting hearing the commonalities and traits of the various Iron Men together. Well written, produced and read. Time well spent. Thank you very much.

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  • Ryan Matthew Aber
  • 26-09-21

Great for a partisan view

Yeah, don’t come here if you wanted any attempt at balance in explaining the dynamics behind these “strong men.” Other than that, why not?

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  • Dan R.
  • 22-07-21

Perfect for communist

Extreme leftist p propaganda. Completely biased. Presents opinions as facts if they fit the liberal white guilt narrative. Dangerously ignores the truth which could influence young viewers unable to do their own research