#Books For You |  Delusional Politics examines the rise of Modi, Trump and Putin

Editor | Non-fiction

Hardeep Singh Puri’s Delusional Politics offers a powerful narrative and insider information to understand the minds and working of leaders like Donald J Trump, Barack Obama, David Cameron, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.

Many democratically elected leaders of the twenty-first century have displayed streaks of recklessness, megalomania, bizarre self-obsession and political views that are difficult to characterize. This book studies the actions of these contemporary political leaders and covers Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and decision-making with respect to global governance, terrorism and trade. It brings to light the fact that at the heart of delusional politics is perhaps the delusional politician.

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President, Asia Society Policy Institute, said: “Delusional Politics­ is a sophisticated and deep reflection on the technological, political, economic and social forces driving this tumultuous era in global affairs . . . Rich in both historical and contemporary examples . . . An important contribution to the debate about the future of the global order—and how we might fix it.”

Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, said: “Delusional Politics­is insightful, thought-provoking, superbly researched and deftly crafted. While it’s an engaging story on global politics and global governance—and a textbook battle plan for anyone who wants to formulate foreign policy in today’s world—it is much more . . . it’s a fascinating read! The book could well be the key to all our futures.”

About the author:

Hardeep Singh Puri has had a distinguished four-decade career in diplomacy spanning both the bilateral and the multilateral arenas. He held ambassadorial posts in London (1999–2002), Brazil (2006–08), and was India’s permanent representative to the UN in both Geneva (2002–05) and New York (2009–13). He presided over the UN Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012, and chaired its Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is the author of Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos. He is presently union minister of state for housing and urban affairs in New Delhi.

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