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Ill Literacy, Episode XVIII: Men on Horseback (Guest: David A. Bell)

November 9, 2020

In Episode XVIII of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with David A. Bell about his new book, "Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution."

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: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374207922

Show Notes:

Los Angeles Review of Books: Robert Zaretsky – Charisma: Now You’ve Got It, Now You Don’t

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-risks-of-charisma/

The New Republic: Ian Beacock –  Can Democracy Handle Charisma?

https://newrepublic.com/article/158945/can-democracy-handle-charisma-david-bell-book-review

The New York Public Library: Men on Horseback: David A. Bell with Annette Gordon-Reed | LIVE from NYPL (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-aIUn1fhvo&feature=emb_logo

The Point: Scott Spillman – Charismatic Models

https://thepointmag.com/politics/charismatic-models/

Times Literary Supplement: Sudhir Hazareesingh – Great men, great myths

 https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/men-on-horseback-david-bell-review-sudhir-hazareesingh/

Washington Examiner: Robert Gerwarth – The original populists

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-original-populists-robert-gerwarth-reviews-men-on-horseback-by-david-a-bell

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @BenceAthwart