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Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Dr. David A. Bell of Princeton University to discuss his new book, Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution. They talk about how a new form of political charisma emerged at the end of the Enlightenment, why charisma in leadership is necessary in a democracy, and why that charisma can also be dangerous. They delve into the rule of Washington, Bonaparte, Simón Bolívar, and Toussaint Louverture, and chat about whether you can be a successful leader without charisma.
Get the book here: us.macmillan.com/books/9780374207922
Los Angeles Review of Books: Robert Zaretsky – Charisma: Now You’ve Got It, Now You Don’t
The New Republic: Ian Beacock – Can Democracy Handle Charisma?
The New York Public Library: Men on Horseback: David A. Bell with Annette Gordon-Reed | LIVE from NYPL (VIDEO)
The Point: Scott Spillman – Charismatic Models
Times Literary Supplement: Sudhir Hazareesingh – Great men, great myths
Washington Examiner: Robert Gerwarth – The original populists