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Author: Daniel Kalder Narrator: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Chris Ciulla Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427294364

Publisher Description

The Infernal Library is a harrowing audiobook tour of dictator literaturein 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.

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  • “A compelling examination of why bad minds create bad writing, and therefore a valuable read for anyone interested in literature―or the world, in fact…Kalder’s dry humour makes The Infernal Library a fun tour de force through the mad history of the twentieth century and the present.”

    - Norman Ohler, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Kalder spent years reading the works of dictators…teasing out some fresh insights and analysis.”

    - Foreign Policy

Awards

  • A BookPage Top Pick for March
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

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About the Author

Daniel Kalder is the author of The Infernal Library, Lost Cosmonaut, and Strange Telescopes. He is also a journalist who has contributed to Esquire. the London Guardian, London Times, Dallas Morning News, and many other publications. Originally from Fife, Scotland, he lived in Moscow for ten years and currently resides in Texas.

About the Narrators

Chris Andrew Ciulla, an Earphones Award–winning narrator with over 350 credits, is an on-screen actor, voice actor, host, boxing analyst, and radio personality. He has performed characters for the popular video game series Fallout and Mafia, and can be heard frequently voicing commercial campaigns. A versatile performer with over twenty-five years of experience, he produces original audio content under his own production banner, Leonardo Audio.

Michael Horton is a US and European educated lawyer with over 35 years’ experience as a practicing attorney. Mr. Horton’s experience covers a wide variety of corporate, commercial, technology and financial transactions, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures and strategic alliances. At King & Spalding, most of his clients were large public companies like Coca-Cola, GE Capital, UPS, Georgia-Pacific, BellSouth, and Scientific-Atlanta. Most of his present clients are private companies, primarily emerging growth companies. Mr. Horton brings a unique perspective to early-stage financings. In addition to his extensive legal work in this area, representing both investors and companies seeking capital, Mr. Horton has been an active angel investor for the last 15 years and he is a member of several angel groups as well as the Angel Capital Association, the industry trade organization for all US angel groups.