This thinly disguised, none too complimentary 1932 adumbration of Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini. From the jacket flap: “Future generations will look back at the dictator as the great romantic figure of the postwar age. Yet, here is the first attempt to put such a figure into fiction.”
“Romance of a Dictator” is the story of the rise and fall and rise again of Hannibal, uncrowned king of ‘Thalia’; of how at the close of the Great War, he turned from progressive radicalism to authoritarian conservatism, built up an army of devoted followers, and after their audacious march on the capital of Thalia overthrew constitutional government and made himself dictator. Beware of military marches in capital cities and other displays of totalitarian power.
“Romance of a Dictator” is a fast moving story; convincing, readable, “exciting to the last degree,” and filled with dynamic, living characters. “It is also a candid revelation, from behind the scenes of how a modern dictator builds and maintains his power.” Perhaps a fitting volume for Mr. Trump’s limited library shelf.