Reviews of the Book


      General Interest



Harper’s, June 21, 2020. “New Books,” by Julian Lucas.  


The Point, July 27, 2020. “Charismatic Models,” by Scott Spillman. Featured on “Arts and Letters Daily.”  


TLS, July 31, 2020. “Great Men, Great Myths: The Complex Relationship Between Charisma and Celebrity,” by Sudhir Hazareesingh. Featured on “Arts and Letters Daily.” 


TLS Weekly Podcast, July 31, 2020. 


The Washington Examiner, August 6, 2020. “The Original Populists,” by Robert Gerwarth.


The New Republic, August 17, 2020. “Can Democracy Handle Charisma?” by Ian Beacock. 


The Los Angeles Review of Books, October 6, 2020. "Charisma: Now You've Got It, Now You Don't," by Robert Zaretsky


NRC Handelsblad, December 4, 2020. "De demonische kracht van het charisma" ("The Demonic Power of Charisma"), by Beatrice de Graaf.


The Guardian, December 20, 2020. "How the Intellectual and Cultural Forces of the Enlightenment Found a Potent Expression in Cults of Personality," by Padraic Scanlan.


The New York Review of Books, January 14, 2021. "Democracy's Demagogues," by Ferdinand Mount.


The National Interest, February 28, 2021. "How Cults of Personality Shaped the Age of Revolution," by William Anthony Hay.


La vie des idées, June 11, 2021. "Comme des chefs," by Jean-Louis Fabiani.


The Nation, December 27, 2021. "Revolution of One," by Tyler Stovall.


 L'histoire, March 2022. "Hommes charismatiques."


Le club de mediapart, March 8, 2022. "Le peuple et son chef," by Jean-Clément Martin.


 Letras Libres, March 2022. "La era del carisma," by Rafael Rojas.


Le Figaro, March 10, 2022. "Du charisme en politique," by Charles Jaigu.


L'Humanité, March 11, 2022. "Le culte viril de chefs d'armée," by Pierre Serna.


Lire, April 2022. "L'homme providentiel," by A.M.


Le Monde, April 15, 2022. "Ce lien fervent entre un homme et son peuple," by Pierre Karila-Cohen.


En attendant Nadeau, April 27, 2022. "La fabrique du charisme," by Maïté Boussy.


Corriere della sera, December 10, 2023. "Dittatori democratici: Il culto del leader nasce nel settecento," by Antonino di Francesco. 






H-War, September 2020, by Jonathan Abel.


H-Diplo, March 15, 2021. Reviews by David Armitage, Dan Edelstein, Beatrice de Graaf, Ido de Haan and Christine Haynes, with response by David A. Bell.


H-France, vol. 21, no. 80, May 2021, by Edward Berenson.


Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 52, no. 1 (2021). "Charisma and History," by Robert Rotberg.


Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine, vol. 68, no. 3 (2021), by Frédéric Spillemaeker.


Journal of Modern History, vol. o6, no. 2 (2024), by Johnson Kent Wright. 




Publishing Trade



Kirkus Reviews, February 18, 2020.  


Library Journal, April 1, 2020. By David Keymer. 


Publisher’s Weekly, February 27, 2020. 



David A. Bell

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus

Professor in the Era of

North Atlantic Revolutions


Department of History


Princeton University



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