No One Man Should Have All That Power: How Rasputins Manipulate the World (Paperback)
About the Author
Amos Barshad is a former senior writer at the FADER and former staff writer at Grantland and New York Magazine. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, GQ, and the Arkansas Times. He lives in Brooklyn. This is his first book.
“The idea of power—of influence, of control, of bending an arc toward your will—is fascinating. And Amos Barshad drops you into a discussion of it here, in both of its forms, good and bad (mostly bad), with an almost offensive ease. And being able to do that is its own form of power, really; an irony that does not appear lost on Barshad. Buy this book.”
— Shea Serrano
“No One Man Should Have All That Power is not really the examination of a specific person. It’s an examination of a specific type of person, and ultimately the dissection of how a specific type of person can warp the world to his advantage, often for motives that only become clear in retrospect. This is mostly a book about shadow manipulation. But it’s also a book about how certain conspiracies are real, simply because they aren’t conspiracies at all.”
— Chuck Klosterman
“In No One Man Should Have All That Power, Amos Barshad encourages us to alternate between seeing the people behind the power as vulnerable human beings and as evil masterminds. You’ll never look at politicians and tastemakers the same again. Best enjoyed in small and intense pieces, this is a great snack for hungry minds.”
— Dr. Julia Shaw
"Each portrait provides an incisive dissection of the acquisition and maintenance of power."
— The Nation