Devil or Saviours - George W. F. HallgartenOswald Wolff, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with some loss at the head, tail and corners. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Pages lightly age-tanned. Top corner of the first blank clipped.
A history of dictatorship since 600 B.C. From the cover: “The author provides in this book the key to the understanding of one of the most important social and political phenomena: Dictatorship. In the author’s words, the strange figures who are potential dictators are as numerous as bacteria. Devils or Saviours shows the conditions in which such figures succeeded in establishing themselves on the historical stage, bringing tragedy and disaster in their wake. Only an historian of Hallgarten’s rank could undertake to write, in a single and not too voluminous book, the entire history of dictatorship from the old Greeks up to present times. Despite the exemplary conciseness of his style, a clear picture emerges of the historical and especially the social background of all the significant dictatorships since 600 B.C.; and the individual dictators and their methods are brought into sharp focus.”