Just so you know, Tyrant Shakespeare on Power is the same book as Tyrant Shakespeare on Politics The one with Power in the title is published in the UK and ships from the UK and the one with Politics in the title is published by W.W Norton in the USA They have different ISBN numbers But the ONLY difference in the two is the one word in the title of the book does not make it clear that the two are the same book, and you d be forgiven if you ordered both thinking you d be getting two different books The content is excellent, which is the same in both, though. As An Aging, Tenacious Elizabeth I Clung To Power, A Talented Playwright Probed The Social Causes, The Psychological Roots, And The Twisted Consequences Of Tyranny In Exploring The Psyche And Psychoses Of The Likes Of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, And The Societies They Rule Over, Stephen Greenblatt Illuminates The Ways In Which William Shakespeare Delved Into The Lust For Absolute Power And The Catastrophic Consequences Of Its ExecutionCherished Institutions Seem Fragile, Political Classes Are In Disarray, Economic Misery Fuels Populist Anger, People Knowingly Accept Being Lied To, Partisan Rancor Dominates, Spectacular Indecency Rules These Aspects Of A Society In Crisis Fascinated Shakespeare And Shaped Some Of His Most Memorable Plays With Uncanny Insight, He Shone A Spotlight On The Infantile Psychology And Unquenchable Narcissistic Appetites Of Demagogues And The Cynicism And Opportunism Of The Various Enablers And Hangers On Who Surround Them And Imagined How They Might Be Stopped As Greenblatt Shows, Shakespeare S Work, In This As In So Many Other Ways, Remains Vitally Relevant Today Stephen Greenblatt ist wohl in den USA und auch dar ber hinaus ein sehr angesehener Shakespeare Experte Als solcher wei er sicherlich auch, dass verschiedene Textstellen immer wieder unterschiedlich interpretierbar sind.Mit diesem Buch allerdings verfolgt er die Absicht, typische Wesensz ge und Verhaltensmuster von Tyrannen, die Shakespeare in seinen Werken zeigt speziell Henry VI 1 3, Macbeth, Richard III A Winter s Tale Corialanus, Julius C sar und King Lear aufzuzeigen und zwar in einer Art und Weise, die modernen und aktuellen Tyrannen einen literarischen Spiegel vorh lt Dabei forciert er die Interpretation bestimmt Verhaltensweisen und u erungen sehr stark in die von ihm angestrebte Richtung, was seine Aussgeabsicht zwar gut unterst tzt, aber nicht sonderlich wissenschaftlich wirkt.Doch der Nachweis gelingt schlussendlich Fake News, Propaganda, die Manipulation einer eigentlich verachteten W hlerschaft, Kooperation mit Landesfeinden zum Erreichen innerpolitscher Ziele sind auch im 16 Jahrhundert, zu dem der Autor auch einiges Interessantes schreibt, an der Tagesordnung, wie es scheint Eine interessante, zeit bergreifende Betrachtung. Tyrant is an examination of Shakespeare s exploration of government, society, and tyrannical figures throughout his plays Chapters are sorted by topic the influence of party politics on the rise of tyrants, the abuse for populism for political gain, the types and importance of enablers, the influence of personality and mental illness on tyrannical behavior, etcetera and tend to examine one or two plays characters at a time, complete with helpful quotations citing act, scene, and line I only vaguely remember reading Hamlet and Macbeth in highschool, and was pleasantly surprised with how much I learned about the plays themselves over the course of Tyrant I was also thankful that Greenblatt included so much information regarding the historical context of elizabethan England it added a lot to my appreciation of the playwright s angled exploration of issues of power, something that weighed on everyone s mind, though it was something that could not be openly spoken of for fear of treason accusations When a work is removed from its historical context, a vital part necessary for understanding the text is lost The political landscape of near omnipotent kings and queens and the shifting tides of power between royal houses is an extremely important part of Shakespeare s plays that is only seen in its historical context, and that is something that most people do not stop to consider.Some other reviews complain that Tyrant is a thinly veiled criticism of Trump and the Trump administration, but that is not because Greenblatt wrote a criticism of Trump and called an examination of Shakespeare It is because Greenblatt wrote about Shakespeare s criticism of tyrants If you don t think Trump is a budding tyrant but still see the parallels to tyrannical characters, perhaps you should think about that connection.All in all, Tyrant is a very well written work on Shakespeare s characters, plays, and the playwright s exploration of political power and I would recommend it. Excellent read For your information, also sells the same book but with a different ISBN number and different title The only difference is one word in the title Tyrant Shakespeare on POWER is published in the UK and ships from there Tyrant Shakespeare on POLITICS is published by W.W Norton in the States Both are identical except for the one word in the title If you order both books thinking they are different, you will receive, for all purposes, the same book. Rarely have I enjoyed a piece of political commentary as much as I did Stephen Greenblatt s Tyrant Shakespeare on Politics.In William Shakespeare s day, it wasn t safe to disagree with power Unlike today s America, with the protections of the First Amendment, his world was governed by the near absolute power of the monarch, the aging Queen Elizabeth And speaking ill of the queen led to swift and often deadly punishment Instead, the Bard through his plays would examine the ways and means of tyranny, delving into the past and into foreign lands to create his voices that could say what could not be said frankly Greenblatt is the Harvard Shakespeare expert who co founded new historicism, the lit crit practice that seeks to place works in their historical context In the vein of speaking obliquely, this is Greenblatt s commentary on Donald Trump, though the president is not named in its pages Instead, the Tyrant focuses on several of the same that appear in Shakespeare s plays, examining them in their foibles for the causes and results of their tyranny The book is rooted in an article that Greenblatt wrote for the New York Times in 2016 At a friend s encouragement, he expanded it to a full book He focuses his examination on Macbeth, Richard III, Lear, Coriolanus and Leontes from A Winter s Tale notably leaving out Claudius, perhaps because he is well known than most.While it is ostensibly a commentary on politics, it does not read like just another piece of political punditry or tribal drivel On the contrary, Greenblatt makes Shakespeare accessible and, well, interesting, as well as providing principles that can be read and interpreted to apply to almost any power selfish politicians or businessman Reading it is as enjoyable as watching Shakespeare performed well As Constance Grady puts it in her review of the book, There is a certain pleasure to watching Shakespeare s tyrants work, to watching Richard III brazenly woo Lady Anne over the body of a man he killed or listening to Macbeth s mournful, poetic speeches Perhaps the biggest observation for me, and where the book most departs from other books that directly take on Trump, is that Tyrant leaves the reader to make his own observations and conclusions Here is what a tyrant does is this what we are living through Spot on in so many ways An excellent Shakespeare read as well, and perhaps importantly, a stunning look at the US today, its leader on the way to becoming its tyrant and, subtly, an examination of the underpinnings of the society that not only tolerates it, but seems to delight in it It being the unraveling of what was once the world s supreme democracy.A good if chilling look at how deeply Shakespeare could look into the soul of ANY country and its people. A world wind tour of various types of tyrants as depicted by Shakespeare, and observed throughout history even to today No wonder Angela Merkel was caught reading it. Ich zitiere mal aus dem Werk He promises to make England great again Besides, who can the perennially insecure tyrant trust than the member of his own family What he likes to talk about is winning He has always had wealth he was born into it and makes ample use of it But though he enjoys having what money can get him, it is not what most excites him What excites him is the joy of domination He is a bully Easily enraged, he strikes out at anyone who stands in his way These skills attract followers who are drawn to the same cruel delight His possession of power includes the domination of women Sexual conquest excites him, but only for the endless reiterated proof that he can have anything he likes He knows that those he grabs hate him Dominating others serves to shore up his damaged self image Absolute power the power to command everyone is the extreme form of this joy It helps that he is an immensely and privileged man, accustomed to having his way, even when his way violates every moral norm His followers know that he is a pathological liar and they see perfectly well that he has done this or that ghastly thing, but they have a strange penchant for forgetting, as if it were hard work to remember just how awful he is They are drawn irresistibly to normalize what is normal Another group is composed of those who do not quite forget that he is a miserable piece of work but who nonetheless trust that everything will continue in a normal way A sinister group consists of those who persuade themselves that they can take advantage of his rise to power Like almost everyone else, they see perfectly well how destructive he is, but they are confident that they will stay one step ahead of the tide of evil or manage to seize some profit from it To solicit a popular mandate, he conducts a political campaign, complete with a fraudulent display of religious piety, the slandering of opponents, and a grossly exaggerated threat to national security The only people who will serve him are self interested scoundrels , like himself in any case, he has no interest in honest loyalty or dispassionate, independent judgment Instead he wants flattery, confirmation, and obedience Impatience is another of the qualities He expects his wishes to be carried out almost before he has expressed them aloud Delay is dangerous everything has to be done in haste, with scarcely a moment to think He does not need to traffic in facts or supply evidence He expects his accusation to be enough If he says that someone has been betraying him, or laughing at him, or spying on him, it must be the case Anyone who contradicts him is either a liar or an idiot What he actually wants is loyalty, and by loyalty he does not mean integrity, honor, or responsibility He means an immediate, unreserved confirmation of his own views and a willingness to carry out his orders without hesitation.