Dictators used sycophantic biographers, influential artists, and press agents to spread their cults and create the illusion of invincibility.
Flagg Taylor is associate professor of political science at Skidmore College. He is editor most recently of The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda, 1977-1989 (St. Augustine’s Press, 2018). He is currently writing a book on Czech dissent in the 1970s and 1980s. He tweets at @FlaggTaylor4.