by Robert Harris


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The long-awaited final volume of the Cicero Trilogy, from a beloved bestselling author “incapable of writing an unenjoyable book” (The Wall Street Journal).

At the age of forty-eight, Cicero—the greatest orator of his time—is in exile, his power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. The only way to return to Rome is to pledge his support to a charismatic and dangerous enemy: Julius Caesar. Harnessing his political cunning, unrivalled intellect, and the sheer brilliance of his words, Cicero fights his way back to prominence. Yet no public figure is completely safeguarded against the unscrupulous ambition of others. 

Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses the most epic events in ancient history, including the collapse of the Roman Republic, the murder of Pompey, and the assassination of Caesar. But its central question is a timeless one: how to keep political freedom unsullied by personal gain, vested interests, and the corrosive effects of ceaseless foreign wars. In Robert Harris’s indelible portrait, Cicero is a deeply fascinating hero for his own time and for ours.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307948137
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 300,939
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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The Dictator: A novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cicero and the politicians around him as eerily relevant to our modern political scene. I gave read and enjoyed all three books, and the last one us as good as the first. Even though we know it ends badly for him, we want to follow his story to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who are interested in the Roman Republic and its collapse will enjoy reading this behind the scence account by Cicero's former slave and scribe, Tiro, of what happend after their exile, to the assassination of Julius Ceasar, and the execution of Cicero himself by Ceasar's protoge Augustus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A remarkable journey of a great champion of justice, morality and the rule of law.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited anxiously for this final conclusion of Cicero's life. It is a well told tale, and enjoyable to the nail- biting end. If there's one minor thing I would take exception to , it was that it ocassionally felt rushed, like the author was pressing to get through it without stopping to describe the sights and sounds. This was not the case in every chapter, and indeed towards the end of the novel he did slow down enough to paint an engrossing picture. All in all, an enjoyable excursion with some immensely powerful world figures. I will miss their company.