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The infernal library: on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy
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New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
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xvi, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The Infernal Library is a harrowing audiobook tour of "dictator literature" in the twentieth-century, featuring the soul-killing prose and poetry of Hitler, Mao, and many more, which shows how books have sometimes shaped the world for the worse.

Since the days of the Roman Empire dictators have written books. But in the twentieth-century despots enjoyed unprecedented print runs to (literally) captive audiences. The titans of the genre—Stalin, Mussolini, and Khomeini among them—produced theoretical works, spiritual manifestos, poetry, memoirs, and even the occasional romance novel and established a literary tradition of boundless tedium that continues to this day.

How did the production of literature become central to the running of regimes? What do these books reveal about the dictatorial soul? And how can books and literacy, most often viewed as inherently positive, cause immense and lasting harm? Putting daunting research to revelatory use, journalist Daniel Kalder asks and brilliantly answers these questions.

Marshalled upon the beleaguered shelves of The Infernal Library are the books and commissioned works of the century's most notorious figures. Their words led to the deaths of millions. Their conviction in the significance of their own thoughts brooked no argument. It is perhaps no wonder then, as Kalder argues, that many dictators began their careers as writers.

Pop in your earbuds and step into The Infernal Library.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-364) and index.
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Kalder, D. (2018). The infernal library: on dictators, the books they wrote, and other catastrophes of literacy. First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Kalder, Daniel, 1974-. 2018. The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

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Kalder, Daniel, 1974-, The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

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Kalder, Daniel. The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy. First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018. Print.

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