Does power corrupt? Or do those prone to corruption end up in power? It’s an age-old question answered by Dr Brian Klaas in his brand new book “Corruptible: Who Gets Power And How It Changes Us”. I was lucky enough to get a copy and read the book over Christmas. In the middle of a world in which I have witnessed politicians do horrendous damage as they try to help, I have often wondered whether it is corruption, malice, or incompetence that leads them to make decisions that can negatively impact the lives of thousands or even millions of people. After reading this book I’ve changed my beliefs somewhat – I am more sympathetic for the position that our leaders are in, though that may not excuse their actions.

Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. He is the author of three other books: “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy”, “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” and “How to Rig an Election”.

He has extensive research experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Dr. Klaas has conducted field research in six different countries, interviewing prime ministers, presidents, ministers, rebels, coup plotters, dissidents, and torture victims in an array of countries, including Madagascar, Thailand, Tunisia, Belarus, Côte d’Ivoire, and Zambia.

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