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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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Totally ill informed,

Before starting to prepare for this the writter it seems had decided to just write lies and nothing else.
A book based on lies by a person high on drugs

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  • Mark
  • 23-08-20

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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  • Antonio
  • 28-08-20

Very deceptive and dangerous. EXTREME BIAS

As a history enthusiast I delve into more than just the mainstream narrative as I encourage you also to do. This book was clearly written with and extreme bias in mind and agenda, not only has the author placed an embarrasing yet not evil man such as boris Johnson alongside psychopaths and dictators but has left out major key historical events of violence in order to push the narrative in her favour.

There are also sly digs at men in general, hinting that woman could do a better job. Let's all be honest here, woman and men are all equal and can do as they wish in life, but to write a book which is suppose to be informative and then trying to push your own personal beliefs and agenda into it is very immature and shows a lack of intelligence.

I would encourage everyone to do your own research on who sorros really is and what he really stands for, do an unfiltered YouTube or Google search. Educate yourself deeply before taking any mainstream news as truth.

Have a wonderful day and God Bless you!

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  • Lizzie Biscuits
  • 24-08-20

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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  • Jonathan Adams
  • 21-08-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-20

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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  • Clive Wilkinson
  • 25-08-20

Extreme bias against present U.K. government.

Listeners need to be aware that towards the end of this series there is extreme bias against the present U.K. prime minster.

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  • #earlylearning🤓📚
  • 25-08-20

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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  • Jossy
  • 20-08-20

Thought provoking

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

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  • Graham G.
  • 23-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-20

to much bias

would have been really good if has been so over the top biased. some really interesting stuff and learnt a lot. often they were clearly grasping at straws, particularly Mohdi and Borris

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  • calvin clark
  • 05-09-20

Biased

It's a bit of a stretch to compare some of these leaders in my opinion. It also seems like he attributes the worst possible motives for anyone rather than taking an objective look at things.

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  • MM
  • 20-09-20

Bias garbage

Entertaining, comedic and laughable.
This is an example of bias propaganda. I do not support nor condone any of the politicians listed, however, I can't help but condemn the lack of evidence for what is mainly conjecture and circumstantial.

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  • Kitty
  • 26-08-20

Rise of the Iron Men

An absolutely fascinating and really important look at six current dicta… (ahem… I mean), *world leaders* ; and how they came into power.

Each chapter is brief, don’t worry that you may’ve signed up for a Politics 201 class…
But I think it’s a great insight into how our world has gotten into the shape it has (BC [before COVID-19] [OR pre plague] ). And (although it doesn’t say it directly -he does worth a mention now and then…) how *THIS* world could elect Donald Trump. A man who openly idolises these men, as well as Putin, Kim Jong-un, Mohammed bin Salman, too name three others that Trump has close (and somewhat dubious ties with).

It also mentions briefly that Trump is afraid of strong women. And hints that he has a
rage-fueled jealously of Angela Merkel, the highly competent German Chancellor.

In these times, especially in August 2020, when the USA can not control COVID-19 on its shores, this collection of essays of “Iron Men” was a fascinating look at how the rest of the world is doing.

We can all hope that there’s not a need for another book on Trump, and instead, come January 2021, we are welcoming in President Joe Biden. And looking forward to reading books about his Vice President, Kamala Harris! 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊

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  • Joshua
  • 01-10-20

It lost two stars because of the last two minutes.

started off interesting but Started to get more and more boring.… and the last two minutes when it became sexist & a feminine imperative.
I should’ve listen to another book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-20

Propaganda?

felt a bit like left propaganda at times but I enjoyed the stories. It's always good to challenge our positions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-20

Interesting and informative

Very easy to listen to and very interesting and informative, however I find the exclusion of Trump astonishing! I am truely at loss to understand why Boris Johnson is included and Trump is left out... did I miss something?

Still worth a listen

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  • Bec Booton
  • 31-08-20

Good Summary!

I'm surprised how much I liked the series. It's a bit of background about 6 current world leaders who have been classified as 'Iron Men' by the author. Originally, I hadn't read the description and I thought it was going to be about extreme athletes but it wasn't.

I love podcasts and had been hearing about these men over the course of the pandemic, so this was really interesting and helpful to get some background on what made them so powerful and start to explain their unexpected rises to power!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-21

Too critical of Donald Trump. Ramming down throat

Too critical of Donald Trump and male leaders. In the end i realised it was about slandering male leaders.

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  • Paul Razvan
  • 09-05-21

Good but incomplete

Good insights and great production however it feels incomplete. Where's everyone's favourite bear riding shirtless strongman?