Kresta in the Afternoon – December 21, 2016 – Hour 2

  • Description: It’s that time of year again...time for us to Count Down the best interviews of the last 12 months. Our list covers a wide range of topics from Testimony to the Year of Mercy to the year’s biggest news stories. Did your favorite interview make our list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #27: Children of Monsters

  • Description: What’s it like to be the son or daughter of a dictator, bearing a name synonymous with oppression, terror, and evil? Jay Nordlinger set out to answer that question. He found that some of these “children of monsters” are absolute loyalists, some have doubts and some even become full-blown defectors. These children lead very different lives but share one thing in common: they have been dealt a very, very unusual hand. Jay tells us all about it today.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jay Nordlinger
      Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of "National Review." He writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is music critic for "The New Criterion" and "City Arts" (New York), as well as for NR. He has won awards for his work on human rights, in particular. Some 100 pieces are gathered in "Here, There & Everywhere: Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger." A native Michigander, the author lives in New York.
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    • Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators

      What’s it like to be the son or daughter of a dictator? A monster on the Stalin level? What’s it like to bear a name synonymous with oppression, terror, and evil? Jay Nordlinger set out to answer that question, and does so in this book. He surveys 20 dictators in all. They are the worst of the worst: Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and so on. The book is not about them, really, though of course they figure in it. It’s about their children. Some of them are absolute loyalists. They admire, revere, or worship their father. Some of them actually succeed their father as dictator—as in North Korea, Syria, and Haiti. Some of them have doubts. A couple of them become full-blown dissenters, even defectors. A few of the daughters have the experience of having their husband killed by their father. Most of these children are rocked by war, prison, exile, or other upheaval. Obviously, the children have things in common. But they are also individuals, making of life what they can. The main thing they have in common is this: They have been dealt a very, very unusual hand. What would you do, if you were the offspring of an infamous dictator, who lords it over your country? An early reader of this book said, “There’s an opera on every page”: a drama, a tragedy (or even a comedy). Another reader said he had read the chapter on Bokassa “with my eyes on stalks.” Meet these characters for yourself. Marvel, shudder, and ponder. (learn more)

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