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Modern Dictators: Third World Rulers, Strongmen, and Coupmakers
Modern Dictators: Third World Rulers, Strongmen, and Coupmakers
By Barry Rubin
McGraw-Hill, 1987, 416 pp.

Barry Rubin casts his net over the entire Third World and, not surprisingly, comes up with many dictators and very few democrats. He examines the character of these leaders and of the regimes they have created, as well as the conditions that have produced them. This task makes for a great deal of comparison, some of it rather strained, as he rambles over Asia, Africa and Latin America. As he is not a specialist on every country he covers, his book will provoke questions as to accuracy here and there, but in general he sees both Third World rulers and Western policies toward them with a keen and critical eye, and his text is refreshingly free of jargon.