Trump and Mussolini: Images, Fake News, and Mass Media, Weapons in the Hands of Two Populists compares two historic men of power and influence, Donald Trump and Benito Mussolini, to analyze the commonality of practices and mannerisms between the two. From rhetoric to body language , to their control over oral and written communication and analogous power strategies, they both possess an unusual talent for new technologies which they utilize to their advantage in unique moments in history. Mussolini lived at the beginning of mass society, Trump at the height of social media, both controversial leaders finding means to utilize these periods of time and the tools surrounding them to further their own agendas and influence society, culture, and authority. The authors examine a plethora of topics and themes such as outward personalities and consuming charisma, means and tools of communication and propaganda, and treatment of women, just to name a few, in order to define the relationship and similarities between these two controversial figures.
Anna Camaiti Hostert, PhD, is an independent scholar and philosopher in the field of Anglo-American cultural studies, with a focus on visual studies.
Enzo Antonio Cicchino is a documentarist and author for RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana of several history programs.
Preface by Anthony Julian Tamburri
Introduction: Similarities in the Trump and Mussolini Eras
Chapter I: Manipulating Information
Chapter II: The Climb: A New Narrative
Chapter III: Protean Leaderships
Chapter IV: Mechanisms of Consensus and Democracy
Chapter V: Ideology as a Prop
Chapter VI: Achieving Internal Consensus
Chapter VII: Geopolitics
Chapter VIII: The Women
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