Children of Monsters: Getting to Know the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, with Jay Nordlinger
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the National Review Institute hosted an evening exploring the themes of Jay Nordlinger’s new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. The event took place on Tuesday, October 6, in the Burke Theater at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Discussion was moderated by VOC Executive Director Marion Smith, attendee Q&A, and a book signing.
“A magnetic page-turner that nonetheless is complex and deep.”
—Mark Helprin, author of Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, etc.
“Nordlinger’s exceptional investigation into the children of 20 modern dictators grips and convinces.”
—Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War, Napoleon, etc.
In his book, Nordlinger surveys the worst of dictators, including Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, and Saddam Hussein. More particularly, he surveys the sons and daughters they produced. Some have been absolute loyalists. Some have even succeeded their father as dictator (as in Syria, North Korea, and Haiti). Some have doubts. Some even defect.
These men and women have been dealt an unusual hand—and played it in their various ways. We learn a little more about tyranny, freedom, fate, choice, and people.
Children of Monsters is due out September 22nd, 2015.
Bookings are closed for this event.