Lawrence Soloman Reviews Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice and Terror
April 18, 2018
Lawrence Solomon: There’s no appeasing terrorists and tyrants in the battle of the West vs. The Rest
We [the West] tend to see jihadists in the Middle East as victims of poverty and assume that, if only they lived in more prosperous societies, they would be less resentful
In his new book, Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror, Waller Newell provides us with a new way to make sense of the jumble of political forces at work in the world. Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iranian revolution; Vladimir Putin’s seizure of the Crimea; the appeal of al-Qaida, ISIL and homegrown terrorists; the one-percenters of Wall Street; the rise of nationalist and neo-Fascist parties in France and other European countries; and other seemingly dissimilar phenomena, in fact, have characteristics that let them be catalogued in Newell’s coherent and novel organization of man’s economic and political history.