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Bayou State Book Talks: Joseph Abraham

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join Joseph Abraham on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 6:30pm at the Main Library in Downtown Lafayette for the final book talk of the year. Abraham will discuss his research and methodolody behind his new book, Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hitler to the Corporation.


Right wing populists increasingly draw attention around the globe, but the attention is misdirected. The real problem is not the authoritarian, but the authoritarian personalities who follow him. If people do not blindly follow and obey the despot, he is irrelevant.

Why do we attach ourselves to demagogues and mountebanks? Why do we defend even their most obvious hypocrisies and lies?

The answer is found in the history of civilization. For the past 10,000 years, those who disagreed with the king or his nobles risked ruin and death. But that is only part of the answer. The other part is that, despite our romantic traditions, kings and conquerors were vicious criminals. They represent the most evil psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists in the history of humanity.


Bayou State Book Talks is a monthly discussion series led by authors from Louisiana who have written books that are of interest to Louisianians. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Louisiana Studies, UL Lafayette, and the Lafayette Public Library System. Talks are held at the Main Library in Downtown Lafayette, 301 W. Congress Street, on the second Tuesday of the month during the school year, from 6:30-8pm.

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Speaker/performer name: 
Joseph Abraham

Main Library in Downtown Lafayette, 301 W. Congress Street

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(337) 482-6027