Michael Burleigh was LSE IDEAS' inaugural Engelsberg Chair in History and International Affairs (2019-20). A regular commentator in The Times, the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, his books include The Third Reich, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, and The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.
'Burleigh is someone you'd not want to find on the other side in an intellectual bar fight. There is something of Christopher Hitchens about him in that he is erudite, seems to have read everything and knows how to deploy a crushing phrase. ... [The book is an] enjoyable set of semi-polemics, just about every word of which I agreed with.' -- David Aaronovitch, The Times 'A compelling page-turner, Burleigh has once again with his customary wit caught the currents of our times and made us re-examine what populism means and why it is so dangerous. He joins that rare band of writers who rush in where most academic angels fear to tread.' -- Professor Christopher Coker, LSE 'Before the populists can be defeated they need first to be understood. Michael Burleigh charts the history of the appeal of populism and gives us the ideal vantage point from which to view its flaws.' -- Philip Collins, Contributing Editor, New Statesman