What if you learned your father was a tyrant, a megalomaniac, a mass murderer? Jay Nordlinger’s Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators is a fascinating and at times ghoulish study of evil that may make your skin crawl, but it is also a book about people and the highly unusual situation these individuals share in common.
Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review, writing the "Impromptus" column, and music critic of The New Criterion. In his book he surveys 20 of the most horrific dictators: Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and so on, and investigates what kind of lives their offspring have made for themselves. Some were loyalists who admired their father. Some actually succeeded them as dictator. A few were critics, even defectors. What they all have in common, Nordlinger shows, is the prison house of tainted privilege and the legacy of dubious deference. Nordlinger will also discuss the current political scene.
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.
Cost: Seating is limited and can be purchased at the discounted price of $30 through Tuesday, October 28, 2015; $40 thereafter.
Nordlinger’s previous book was: Peace, They Say, a history of the Nobel Peace Prize. In his journalism, Nordlinger writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He writes a column called “Impromptus.” In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with JayNordlinger, a television series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities. National Review Books published a collection of his writings, Here, There & Everywhere. A native Michigander, Nordlinger lives in New York.
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