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There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins.

Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles.

His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

But politics is never static, and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.

Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man - a hero for his time and for ours.

©2015 Robert Harris (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-04

Death of Liberty

An incredible finale to Robert Harris's series on the life and death Marcus Tullius Cicero, the death of the Republic and finally the birth of the Empire.

I'd recommend this book and series to anyone with a remote interest in historical fiction, history or just an interest in good storytelling!

"A room without books is like a body without a soul"
-Cicero

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  • Tim Pillar
  • 2016-12-13

Want an insight into ancient Rome, enjoy this book

A must read for readers interested in ancient Rome: Read all three books for maximum enjoyment.

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  • Marcus Appelberg
  • 2021-04-25

A good trilogy.

It is a really good plot, but I feel sometimes that there were too many names and information about characters that weren't that consequential. Overall I loved the first book, and enjoyed the second and this one. The trilogy overall is well worth the read.

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  • peter
  • 2020-11-10

Brilliant and enthralling

Having read other histories of the same people and period I was very impressed at the accuracy and detailed narrative. It’s written with compassion and understanding and does a much finer job of describing the events than for example conn igguldens very shameful reduction of these excellent incidents and personalities to soap opera. Highly recommended.

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  • Gordon T.
  • 2020-10-19

Thoroughly enjoyed

Another well written and narrated book in the series by Robert Harris. Definitely recommend this along with the other two books.

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  • Dave Yerzy
  • 2020-06-13

Excellent

Excellent and faithful account of Cicero life. Really brings to life the period. The narrator was very good. Amazing how relevant the subject is 2000 years later

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  • Mike
  • 2016-09-22

Excellent narration, great book

Read the first book in the pair in hardback, but the wonderful voice acting in this sequel really brought it to life.

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  • Van Worden
  • 2022-06-10

A perfect story of an imperfect life.

Brilliantly written, makes the history come alive. Cicero was an exceptional human being with all our typical strengths and weaknesses, proving that certain qualities are timeless. Audiobook was very well presented although in the last part the publisher allowed the name of the narrator to be pronounced completely differently than in the first two books. A major cock-up hence four stars for audio delivery.