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Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti.Frank Dikötter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these dictators ceaselessly worked at their own image and encouraged the population at large to glorify them. This timely study, told with great narrative verve, examines how a cult takes hold, grows and sustains itself. It places the cult of personality where it belongs, at the very heart of…